Kate L. Iwamoto, M.D., is a pediatrician with Mercy Family Care Physicians in Downtown Baltimore.
Mercy’s team of breast surgeons and breast cancer specialists in Baltimore help women determine the best breast cancer treatment options available to them.
Dr. David Riseberg, Chief of Medical Oncology and Hematology at Mercy, leads a team of Board Certified physicians who provide compassionate care and comprehensive treatment plans.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
A team of experienced and caring breast specialists and doctors work together at The Hoffberger Breast Center at Mercy in Baltimore to address breast concerns including breast pain, breast lumps and breast cysts.
Breast pain, breast tenderness or sore breasts is a problem that many women experience, even when they are not pregnant. Breast pain usually is not related to cancer. General cyclical breast pain (or sore breasts) is usually benign and hormone-related. Another common cause of breast pain is cysts.
Caffeine worsens breast pain for some patients. While breast cancers are usually painless, they can cause pain – usually a dull pain. It is important to contact a doctor if you experience constant localized pain that persists after a cycle, especially if it is associated with a breast lump.
Breast pain may come and go with monthly periods. Breast pain can be treated with over the counter pain relievers or oral contraceptives, which help to regulate hormones. Women also can minimize breast pain by limiting caffeine and wearing a firm support bra on a regular basis, but especially during exercise.
You should contact your doctor if you experience breast pain that does not diminish after a cycle or breast pain that is associated with a breast lump.
The Hoffberger Breast Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, features some of the Mid-Atlantic’s top rated breast cancer doctors, surgeons and specialists in a comfortable, caring atmosphere within The Weinberg Center for Women’s Health & Medicine. The Breast Center provides the Baltimore region with expertise in patient treatment for diseases and conditions including breast cancer, breast lumps, breast calcifications, nipple discharge and cysts. Our Doctors offer advanced treatment options and were the first in Maryland to treat patients using (IORT) intraoperative radiation therapy.
Dr. Gauri Bedi, Associate Director of The Hoffberger Breast Center, is a leading breast cancer doctor in the Baltimore area regarded by her patients as an accomplished breast surgeon.
Shawnta was diagnosed with breast cancer as a healthy 38-year-old but lives to tell the story of her struggle.