The Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute of Central Pennsylvania (BCWHI) opened its doors April 18, 2012 and has been growing ever since. Over the past year, the BCWHI has seen many patients from throughout the central Pennsylvania region. The Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute’s mission is to provide exceptional and compassionate care to women facing breast cancer.
Dr. David Arbutina, medical director of the BCWHI, believes it is important to educate women on breast health issues and provide guidance to empower them with the knowledge they need to make the right decision regarding their care.
“The first priority is to allay the fears of a patient with a possible or previously diagnosed breast cancer,” said Arbutina. “Our goal is to gather the pertinent facts about a patient’s cancer as rapidly as possible. These facts are needed to begin the education process about which treatments are available that best match the patient’s needs and desires. Women are encouraged to take an active role in deciding what is best for them and they can do this only if they understand the science behind the treatments which are available.”
Arbutina is a board-certified general surgeon with focused expertise in breast cancer surgery. He is an expert, educator and leader in surgery who since 1988 has dedicated his career to the treatment of breast cancer. During his career, Arbutina has personally treated and cared for more than 1,000 breast cancer patients. He has also treated thousands of women with benign breast conditions and is known for his expertise in distinguishing between benign and cancerous breast disease. Arbutina also serves as Governor of the American College of Surgeons.
The Breast Cancer Institute is located on the Tyrone Hospital Campus and will be moving into the new Tyrone Hospital Health and Wellness Building on the Campus. Stephen C. Gildea, chief executive office of the Tyrone Hospital said, “The Breast Cancer and Women’s Health Institute of Central Pennsylvania has brought a much needed, high-quality service to patients in the area. Those that are diagnosed with breast cancer in our area now have access to an extraordinary surgeon, who is providing compassionate care complemented by exceptional attention, without having to travel many hours.”
To share the news of the BCWHI with women of all ages, a new Web site has been launched here. The new site provides information on breast health and care, services of the BCWHI and a blog written by Arbutina. Up-to-date news and events will be added as an on-going basis including new research on breast cancer and treatments.
The public is invited to attend the grand opening of the BCWHI’s new facilities on June 1 from 2 p.m. to 4p.m. Guests will be given a guided tour and information on new programs which will be offered including support groups.