Monthly Archives: October 2017

Door County Medical Center Now Offers 3D Mammography

3D-Mammography-machineEven though it has been estimated that a woman born in the United States today has a 1 in 8 chance of developing some form of breast cancer during their lifetime, the five-year survival rate is nearly 100% when breast cancer is detected early. In order to improve our own detection rate, Door County Medical Center recently upgraded to 3D mammography. “I am incredibly excited that we have this technology,” says DCMC’s Diagnostic Imaging Director, Amanda Feldbruegge, “Because of the greater detail that 3D mammography provides, the early detection rate is far higher. So, we are going to be able to detect cancers much sooner, and at a much smaller size. As a result, doctors will be able to start treatment sooner, which will result in better outcomes for patients.”

How Does 3D Mammography Work?

Three-dimensional (3D) mammography, also known as tomosynthesis, is a type of digital mammography that, instead of taking a flat 2D image of breast tissue, obtains multiple images and then creates a 2D composite, formed from the images; essentially taking “pictures of thin ‘slices’ of the breast from different angles and [using] computer software…to reconstruct an image.” One common way to describe the process is to compare the 3D images to the pages of a book, which allows doctors to examine breast tissue page by page.


Genius™ 3D Mammography™

Fewer Cancers Missed

It has been reported that “as many as 20% of breast cancers will be missed by 2D mammography.” 2D mammography compresses the complex layers of breast tissue into a single visual plane. As a result, overlapping layers of tissue occasionally obscure important details. This can lead to ambiguous results, false positives, or even a missed diagnosis. Because 3D mammography allows doctors to evaluate the breast one layer at a time, the tissue above or below no longer obscures the hidden details that lead to the detection of an abnormality. In fact, 3D mammography has been shown to detect on average 41% more invasive breast cancers than 2D mammography.

Less invasive treatments

Catching cancer early means less invasive treatments. It means that the likelihood of a mastectomy is greatly reduced. It also means the number of unnecessary biopsies and the area involved in a lumpectomy is reduced as well. Additionally, the radiation dose is the same as a 2D machine.

Reduced Callback Rate

3D mammography results in fewer false positives and fewer callbacks. In 2016, DCMC performed 3,200 mammograms. “With 2D mammography,” says Ms. Feldbruegge, “our call back rate was around 5%—a call back doesn’t necessarily mean there is an area of concern, but that there is an area of change from the previous mammogram—so about 5% percent of our patients were asked to return for additional imaging; that’s roughly 160 patients a year.” In fact, according to numerous studies, 3D mammography can reduce callbacks by as much as 40%. “We expect our callback rate to decrease.”

DCMC already offers 3D mammography! For more information on 3D mammography and The GeniusTM 3D MammographyTM Exam, please visit: For more information on DCMC’s Women’s Center, please visit:

A Holistic Approach to Cancer Treatment

When someone is diagnosed with cancer, or is undergoing cancer treatment, every aspect of their life changes. Door County Medical Center believes that it is important to address all of these changes, not only the illness. “The traditional medical model is wonderful, it’s brilliant,” says Jennelle Berg, coordinator of The Healing Project Program at DCMC, “it does so much for us, but I think there are sometimes pieces of the healing experience that are lacking, or missing, that get lost in the delivery of healthcare. Sometimes, the total healing experience isn’t always pieced together.”

The Healing Project

Started in 2012 by Josephine Guenzel, Laura Fredrickson and Jennelle Berg, The Healing Project is an integrative healthcare program that offers a range of holistic therapies to individuals in Door County and Algoma that have cancer. The program is of no charge to the participant, and is available to someone who has cancer at any stage: recently diagnosed, currently in treatment, or in remission. The Healing Project seeks, through the different therapies offered, to facilitate the self-healing process and to support the entire individual—their mind, body and soul. “Individuals going through cancer treatment, they are quite compromised,” says Ms. Berg, “there is often anxiety that comes with a cancer diagnosis, and individuals with cancer frequently have trouble getting enough nutrition. There is also the nausea and pain that usually accompanies cancer treatment—in general, there is an overall lack of well-being. Integrative healthcare therapies—adjunct healthcare therapies—fill some of the niches that are left unaddressed by traditional medicine.”

In order to help alleviate some of this discomfort, The Healing Project works by combining several therapy sessions, each session focusing on a different aspect of the mind and body. Therapies include:

  • Acupuncture, provided by Healing Project Director and Primary Care Physician, Dr. Chona Antonio.
  • Counseling, provided by DCMC’s Behavioral Health Coordinator, Barb Johnson-Giese.
  • Massage, provided by Licensed Massage Therapist, Monica Guilette.
  • Nutrition Counseling, provided by Judy Sowl, Registered Dietician.
  • Energy Therapy, provided by Jennelle Berg, Healing Touch Certified Practitioner.
  • Mindfulness, provided by Barb Wulf, B.S. Trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.

Ms. Berg points out, “The Healing Project can provide educational opportunities as well. It can teach you about ways to feel better, about how to make lifestyle choices that positively affect your heath and life going into the future.” She also notes that, following several sessions, “our participants often say things like ‘I don’t know what’s different, but I feel better. I have less anxiety, less pain.’ They feel as though they have a better understanding of themselves, of being more comfortable and of knowing how to better treat themselves. They are thankful that they have new ‘tools” to utilize when life’s challenges arise”

Shop n’ Dine

In partnership, the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center, Door County Medical Center and The Healing Project have created the annual Shop and Dine Day, which for one day asks participating businesses to donate 10% or more of their sales to The Healing Project. This year’s Shop and Dine Day will be held on Saturday, November 4th. “It’s beneficial for so many when we can get out and support local businesses,” says Ms. Berg, “and through Shop and Dine, we can both support local business and support our local program.”

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, is undergoing treatment, or is in remission and is interested in The Healing Project, please contact Jennelle Berg at 920.746.0726 or visit Door County Medical Center’s website at for more information. All integrative therapy sessions are held at the Sturgeon Bay campus, and all sessions are free to residents of Door County and Algoma.