In the News – Pink Ribbon California License Plates

Back in October 2012, we helped our patient, Heather Solari tell her story of how she battled breast cancer and about her dream of spreading breast cancer awareness one pink license plate at a time.

For the past two years Heather, who is part of the Survivor Sisters, a group of breast cancer survivors has worked towards the goal of bringing pink ribbon license plates to the state of California. So it is with great pleasure to able to announce that they have reached their goal. On September 17th Governor Brown signed the AB 49 Bill, which authorizes the creation of a Pink Ribbon breast cancer awareness specialty license plate.

Now that the bill has been signed, the California Department of Health Care Services will work with the Department of Motor Vehicles to develop the pink ribbon plate. DMV must have at least 7,500 commitments to purchase the plate. The funds generated from the sales of the pink plate will go to the Every Woman Counts (EWC) program, which provides free clinical breast exams and mammograms to California’s women in need.

For more information on the pink ribbon plate and how to purchase yours visit the California Pink Plate Campaign website, https://pinkplate.org

To learn more about the Every Woman Counts (EWC) program click on the link below: http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/Cancer/ewc/Pages/default.aspx

Read more about this story and the AB 49 Bill by clicking on the link below: http://eastcountytoday.net/governor-brown-signs-pink-ribbon-plate-bill/
Posted on September 23, 2014

Epic Care Employees Take the Plunge for The Women’s Cancer Resource Center!

Our Employees, Donna Saba, Stacey Teicher and Kelly Wentz have joined the Women’s Cancer Resource Center’s (WCRC) 20th Annual Swim A Mile for Women with Cancer fundraising event. They have each pledged to swim a mile to help make a difference in the lives of thousands of women and their loved ones.

Since 1986, WCRC has provided programs and a network of support and essential resources for women with cancer in the Bay Area free of charge. The annual Swim A Mile is WCRC’s major fundraising event, raising nearly one-third of their annual budget.

Please join us in helping out WCRC by going to the Epic Mile team website and making a donation http://www.wcrc.org/swim/profiles/team/id/1620

All donations are 100% tax deductible, and make a world of difference.

The 20th annual Swim A Mile for Women with Cancer will be held on October 3rd and 4th, 2015 at Mills College located at 5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94613. The event will be held from 9 am to 3 pm.

For more information on the Swim A Mile event, visit www.wcrc.org/swim/

For additional information on WCRC, visit www.wcrc.org
Posted on September 17, 2015

Epic Care and Bay Area Breast Surgeons are pleased to announce the availability of cryoablation for the minimally invasive treatment of breast fibroadenomas.

Although a fibroadenoma is not life-threatening, treatment may be desired because this benign tumor can cause physical deformity, discomfort, or emotional distress.

Traditionally, open excisional biopsy (i.e. surgery) has been the only option. But now, a minimally invasive option is available that can be performed in the office under local anesthesia. Cryoablation for treating fibroadenomas is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). And since 2010, over 2000 fibroadenomas had been successfully and safely treated with this method.

What is cryoablation?

Cryoablation is the use of extreme cold to destroy a breast tumor without surgery. A thin metal probe is passed through the center of the tumor with the assistance of ultrasound guidance. The tip of the metal probe is cooled to extremely low temperatures (-256°F). This freezes and kills the breast tumor without harming the surrounding tissues and without any significant scarring.

(FAQ) Frequently Asked Questions

How is cryoablation procedure done in the office?

Cryoablation is a quick procedure that is done in the office, not the Operating Room. Patients are evaluated by a Breast Surgeon to confirm that they indeed have a fibroadenoma. Evaluation consists of an examination, breast ultrasound and core needle biopsy. Once the fibroadenoma is confirmed, the cryoablation procedure is scheduled if the patient requires treatment.

Cryoablation does not require general anesthesia. After injection of a local anesthetic, ultrasound monitoring is used to help guide a 2mm metal probe into the center of the fibroadenoma. The tip of the probe is then cooled to extremely low temperatures, which turns the fibroadenoma into a small ball of ice, and kills the cells of the fibroadenoma. The procedure takes approximately 10 – 15 minutes, after which the metal probe is removed and the patient can immediately resume normal activities.

Is cryoablation uncomfortable?

Clinical studies and our own personal experience have shown that there is minimal discomfort during or after cryoablation. Most patients take only 1 or 2 acetaminophen (Tylenol) tablets after cryoablation.

What are the advantages of Cryoablation?

Cryoablation of fibroadenomas is approved by the FDA as a safe and effective alternative to surgery. There are several advantages to cryoablation over that of surgery…

Cryoablation Surgery
Length of Incision 3mm 10 – 40mm
Anesthesia required Local General
Amount of time for procedure 10 – 30 min 1 hour
Time in health care facility 1 hour 4 – 5 hours
Amount of time out of work Less than 1 day 7 days

Does health insurance cover cryoablation of fibroadenomas?

Many health insurance companies cover the cryoablation of fibroadenomas. We will work with your insurance company to determine coverage and approval prior to the procedure.

If you or someone you know may benefit from this treatment option please contact our Emeryville office for more information (510) 629-6682.

To learn more about Bay Area Breast Surgeons and the services they provide please visit their website at http://www.babsurgeons.com