The Mary Jo Cropper Family Center for Breast Care actively participates in clinical research, including enrolling patients in national trials. Our goal is to ensure each of our patients gets the most advanced care available.
Axillary ultrasound is being investigated as an alternate technique to assess axillary lymph nodes in patients with suspicious and malignant breast masses. Before introducing this ultrasound procedure, patients with breast cancer were routinely sent for sentinel lymph node biopsy or axillary lymph node node dissection. These procedures may result in significant patient morbidity. It is our hope that the Mary Jo Cropper Family Center for Breast Care will demonstrate that axillary ultrasound will decrease the costly and painful morbidity associated with lymph node dissections. See
Our research is supported, in part, by proceeds from an annual auction of art pieces displayed on the walls throughout the Center. Each year, the Bethesda Foundation purchases the art for display and then auctions a select number of pieces. All proceeds support the Center’s clinical research. In addition, the Center has been supported by the Susan G. Komen Foundation and is affliated with the TriHealth Hatton Research Institute.