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By Christina Wood - A Special Report for Civic Association News. Care and community came together at The Art of Care, hosted by Nancy Brinker.

The Palm Beach Civic Association and Good Samaritan Medical Center have developed a healthy partnership. On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the two organizations teamed up to share the latest information on the treatment of breast cancer with the community at the Art of Caring.

The event was held at the home of The Honorable Nancy Brinker, Civic Association director and founder of Susan G. Komen, the world’s largest breast cancer charity. While Civic Association donors enjoyed a variety of al fresco refreshments and some of South Florida’s most glorious weather, Mark Nosacka, CEO of Good Samaritan Medical Center, and Thomas J. Klein, MD, PhD, a radiation oncologist on staff there, provided information regarding the innovative forms of breast cancer treatment that are now available in our community.

“Our mission at the Palm Beach Civic Association is to protect and improve the quality of life in Palm Beach. I can’t think of a better way of doing that than by sharing valuable information about the state-of-the-art care available in our community with those who may be trying to cope with this terrible disease or who know someone who is,” said Bob Wright, chairman and CEO of the Civic Association. The Civic Association’s partnership with Good Samaritan is in its second year.

Dr. Klein told the audience how the management of breast cancer has evolved over the years, and referred to the important role that Komen has played in many of the advancements. Among the more recent developments, he said, is intraoperative radiation therapy.

The standard radiation therapy schedule for a breast cancer patient is five days a week for up to six weeks. IORT, as Dr. Klein explained, delivers all of the needed radiation at one time – during outpatient surgery for a lumpectomy. The treatment not only saves patients from what may seem like an endless series of visits to the radiologist, it may help avoid damage to the skin. And, he said, because IORT uses a much smaller radiation dose than external beam radiotherapy, nearby organs and tissues are subject to less radiation exposure.

“We are pleased to implement intraoperative radiation therapy at The Breast Institute as part of our commitment to achieving the best possible outcomes,” Mr. Nosacka said. “Many of our patients lead busy, active lives. By expanding our services to include this technology, we can provide a one-time treatment option, eliminating the need to make multiple trips to the hospital.”

Mr. Nosacka was also proud to tell the audience gathered at Ambassador Brinker’s home that Good Samaritan Medical Center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology and is one of only a handful of facilities recognized by the American College of Surgeons through the prestigious National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

When he and Dr. Klein had finished their prepared remarks, they took questions from the audience. The number of questions asked and the nature of those questions clearly demonstrated the extent to which this disease has touched lives in and around our community.

2017 Art of Care with Good Samaritan Medical Center - January 24, 2017