The Betty Puskar Breast Care Center dedicated its new ultrasound imaging suite. It brings a personal touch to a disease that affects so many people.
"What we were doing, was dedicating the Robin Troy Memorial Suite. Robin was my wife, she lost her battle with breast cancer in 2011. Of course, it was devastating it still is to us," said Jim Troy.
It was a bittersweet day for the Troy family.
The care center unveiled a canvas portrait of Robin Troy and her two daughters. It will hang on the wall outside of the new ultrasound suite, made specifically to scan dense breasts.
"Fibroglandular tissue is white on the mammogram and so is cancer. So, sometimes it's easier to miss cancer on someone with dense breasts," Ginger Layne, the Medical Director of the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center. "The automated breast ultrasound is something we add in addition to mammography for screen, it increases our cancer detection rate by 30 percent, in that population with dense breasts."
The suite was made possible by donations from Betty Puskar and Greer Industries, where Robin Troy's husband works.
"It's a homegrown effort, homegrown advocacy and support, and it improves our capabilities," said Dr. Scot Remick, the Director of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. "That's what's really nice. Cancer patients and their families have struggles and it's nice to be able to recognize cancer survivorship and legacies of folks who have passed away from cancer."
The family said they're touched that everyone who receives care at the breast care center will be able to see Robin and read her story.
"It really means a lot. There's obviously not a day that goes by that we don't think about Robin, she touched so many lives, and I think you saw that by the outpouring of friends and family that were here today," Dave Jecklin, Robin's son-in-law, said. "And she would be humbled, she would be truly humbled that someone would do this for her, because she always thought of others first."
The new suite at the Breast Care Center will allow doctor's to find harder to detect breast cancers.