Breast care physicians encourage a return to regular pre-pandemic screenings and cancer awareness

29 October 2021

Radiologist Dr. Brittany Dashevsky, records her diagnosis of scans at the Breast Health Center at Providence Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital on Friday, October 22, 2021. (Photo by John Burgess/The Press Democrat)

In the early months of the pandemic, a combination of uncertainty, fear, anxiety and an abundance of caution resulted in a delay of care for Sonoma County breast cancer patients.

Routine screening exams were put off and surgeries for local breast cancer patients were delayed for a time. Some patients were put on various medications based on their type of cancer while the world came to grips with COVID-19.

Dr. Linda Casey, a radiologist with Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, said today she and other medical professionals are busy trying to care for all those patients whose routine care and treatment was eclipsed by a historic global pandemic.

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