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Womens Health Care Guide
By: Elsie Krikorian


The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services.

Although October is designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Business Life Magazine is dedicated to raising awareness and educating individuals about breast cancer throughout the year. “Womanhood” goes well beyond all of this month of October events –it’s such a great time to be an American Woman!

We encourage you to visit the Healthcare Centers web sites listed below to learn more about breast cancer, breast health, events, seminars and the latest research developments. 

City of Hope National Medical Center
Cancer Center Research Programs

City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers and resources are dedicated to developing innovative new disease-fighting strategies in the battle against cancer.

The Comprehensive Cancer Center at City of Hope employs the latest research and investigative developments to improve treatment outcomes for all cancer patients.

Here, medical research and clinical care are integrated, speeding the application of scientific discoveries toward better, more effective patient cancer treatment.  City of Hope is a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
For information visit:

Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC)

Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) provides health care services for women in all stages of life. To help give cancer survivors access to all of the tools that they need to fight and survive cancer, GAMC cancer experts, physical therapists and certified athletic trainers came together to create a unique Cancer Fitness Program. No matter the type of cancer or where you are in your treatment or survivorship, this program has something great for your body. The classes are conveniently located at the Therapy & Wellness Center where there is plenty of free parking, lockers and changing rooms for attendees.  For information call (323) 255-5409, or visit

Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center
The Marcia Ray Breast Center
Marcia Ray Breast Center

The Marcia Ray Breast Center is a full-service breast care facility offering high quality screening and diagnostic services to help detect breast cancer at its earliest stages. We offer digital mammography with computer-aided detection; breast ultrasound; breast MRI; needle core breast biopsies; osteoporosis screening; and breast cancer support services.

We're a designated Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology and a State of California Cancer Detection Program and Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program participant. For information visit:

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center

We use the newest General Electric Digital System for all screening and diagnostic mammograms. A screening mammogram is performed on women with normal breasts on physical examination who have no family history of breast cancer. A screening mammogram is the accepted exam of choice for screening for breast cancer.

A diagnostic mammogram is performed here at HPMC.  The physician will interpret the Digital Mammogram and perform an ultrasound if a suspected nodule is identified. If a woman has dense breast tissue without a nodule identified on physical examination or mammogram, an ultrasound is important in identifying hidden nodules.

Ultrasounds: This modality uses sound waves to look for masses in the breast. An ultrasound sees through the dense breast tissue and can detect nodules as small as 2-3 millimeters.

Stereotactic Biopsies: HPMC provides state-of-the-art stereotactic equipment for biopsies. This procedure is used if a nodule is noted on the digital mammogram. The patient is placed on the stereotactic table and three-dimensional images of the nodule are seen on the video monitor.

Huntington Hospital

Huntington Hospital has been committed to addressing the special health concerns of women and children. From the best in obstetric and gynecological care, to the most advanced treatment of infertility and cancer, to the highest level of neonatal and pediatric intensive care in the region, Huntington Hospital's comprehensive programs and services ensure that San Gabriel Valley women and children receive the best of care, close to home.

Care Coordination and Support
The Huntington Hospital Cancer Center is committed to involving each patient to the fullest extent possible in making decisions regarding their own care. This is achieved through a dedicated team of registered nurse navigators who provide care coordination and support to patients and their families during each phase of their cancer treatment, and beyond.
For information visit:

Kaiser Permanente

Having the best medical care is important because getting all of the recommended health screenings and living a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of preventable diseases and help women enjoy the benefits of a healthy life.

We lead the nation in screening for breast cancer and osteoporosis, and strive to facilitate screening tests by providing these services within close proximity.

Baldwin Park Medical Center

Kaiser Permanente’s Baldwin Park MedicalCenter is where we’ve brought all our diagnostic breast care services under one roof. The center includes the latest digital mammography equipment that provides images immediately to ensure diagnosis quickly.  In addition, our bone scans are available for osteoporosis screening in adjacent rooms and our osteoporosis case managers ensure patients get enrolled in osteoporosis classes soon thereafter.

Please visit: for more information and if you’re a member, call us at 626-851-5820 to learn of our many healthy programs and classes. 

Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center

The Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center is a innovative four-floor, 55,000-square-foot facility providing the full range of diagnostics, treatment, care and support services for cancer patients and their families.

Our Cancer Center brings together the most advanced technology in radiation oncology along with state-of-the-art medical and surgical oncology, excellent clinical outcomes and research, and provides an amazing array of support services, resources, and complementary therapies that few cancer centers across the country offer. The first of its kind, located in the San Fernando Valley, this signature cancer center has been designed to focus on human touch and human interaction; to promote healing through nurturing spaces inside and out; and to empower patients through information and education.

USC  Keck School of Medicine
The USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

The USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, located in Los Angeles, is a major regional and national resource for cancer research, treatment, prevention and education.

More than 200 basic and population scientists, physicians from the faculty of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and several USC professional schools/departments and the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences who are members of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center investigate the complex origins and progression of cancer, develop prevention strategies and search for cures.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has designated the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center as one of the nation's 41 comprehensive cancer centers, a select group of institutions providing leadership in cancer treatment, research, prevention and education.

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital

The University of Southern California (USC) has expanded its medical services in the Foothill communities of Los Angeles County with the acquisition of Verdugo Hills Hospital, a 158-bed hospital in Glendale, Calif. The deal adds the new USC Verdugo Hills Hospital to Keck Medicine of USC.

Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

In 1976, the cancer center at UCLA was designated "comprehensive" by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Of the 67 NCI cancer center programs nationwide, only 41 receive the gold-star comprehensive status. UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC) receives this honor for maintaining the highest standards of excellence in patient care, education, basic science, clinical research and cancer prevention.

JCCC has established an international reputation in a number of areas, such as:
• Developing new cancer therapies
• Providing the best in experimental and traditional treatments
• Expertly guiding and training the next generation of medical researchers

Numerous successful targeted therapies were developed based on basic science done in UCLA laboratories and later clinical research with UCLA patients. These treatments are just the most well known of our JCCC firsts. We handle more than 20,000 patient visits per year and conduct hundreds of clinical trials, providing the latest in experimental cancer treatments. For information, visit: