Joanie Abdu Center gets new garden, equipment upgrade

Serenity Garden open at Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A place where those being treated for breast cancer can have some quiet time is now complete.

The Serenity Garden is now open at the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center in Youngstown. The garden features a waterfall, flowers, sculptures and benches for patients and their families to relax and reflect.

“You need to address this aspect of what you are going through, the aspect of the emotion and spiritual has to be dealt with as well. And somehow for most people, that means nature,” James Schultis of the Mercy Health Foundation said.

Donations from supporters funded the $750,000 project.

The Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center is also home to one of only two molecular breast imaging machines in the state of Ohio. And a new upgrade just installed last week means the center now has the latest technology available in the industry.

Molecular breast imaging does not replace an annual mammogram. It is used together and looks at the cell structure to catch cancer in its earliest stages.

“We use it more often with women who have dense breast tissue as mammography sometimes can’t pick up maybe some subtle abnormalities whereas this test can,” Suzanne Zupko, a registered nurse and imaging navigator said.

The machine uses a high-powered camera and radioactive tracer fluid to allow doctors to see tumors even before you can feel them.

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