Care That’s Tailored to You
Keeping track of your day-to-day responsibilities can sometimes feel like work enough. That’s why we’re committed to making it easy for you to stay on top of your cancer screenings.
Discover when and why you need screenings, and then give us a call to schedule an appointment. We promise to make it as quick and easy as possible. To get started, call our nurse line at Call913-676-7777.
- Breast Cancer Screening
The statistics are staggering: 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. That’s why we’re making it as easy as possible for you to schedule a mammogram.
If the unexpected happens, you’re in good hands. You can see us on short notice, too, as we offer same-day screenings on weekdays. We’ll be here to walk you through your breast cancer treatment options and get you on the path to whole health.
AdventHealth High Risk Breast Clinic Shawnee Mission
AdventHealth High Risk Breast Clinic Shawnee Mission provides specialized care for individuals with an increased risk of breast cancer due to family history or specific breast cancer risk factors. Feel confident knowing you’re in the care of a women’s health care network specifically recognized by the American College of Radiology as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence in mammography, MRI (including MRI biopsy), stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound. AdventHealth Shawnee Mission's High Risk Breast Clinic is a key part of our MD Anderson Certified Cancer Program and follows NCCN and MD Anderson guidelines for the care of individuals who have a higher risk.
Risk Factors for Breast Cancer
- Inherited gene mutations associated with increased cancer risks such as BRCA1 and BRCA2
- Family history of breast, ovarian or pancreatic cancer or a family member diagnosed before age 50
- Chest radiation treatment before age 30
- Have had two or more breast biopsies
Our team of genetic counselors works with you to understand your personal and family medical histories. Then, we run a simple genetic test that shows us any mutations that make you more likely to develop cancer.
Meet Our Team
No matter your question or concern, our team is here to get you answers, connect you with the right resources and help you find exactly what you need within our care network.
Simran Elder, MD, High Risk Breast Clinic Medical Director, is a medical oncologist and hematologist at AdventHealth Medical Group Hematology Oncology at Shawnee Mission in Merriam, Kansas. Dr. Elder earned her medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She also completed her residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at UMKC, during which time she was twice named Internal Medicine Consultant of the Year. She then went on to complete a fellowship in medical oncology-hematology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Bobbe Anson, APRN, FNP-C, is a certified family nurse practitioner. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Kansas School of Nursing. Bobbe supports the physicians in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
Lesley Hofer, APRN-C, earned her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and her master of science in nursing from the University of Central Missouri. She is an oncology certified nurse (18 years of oncology experience) and a certified family nurse practitioner. Lesley supports the physicians both in the inpatient and outpatient settings.
To schedule an appointment, contact our office at 913-632-9100 .
- Cervical Cancer Screenings
Cervical cancer rates have dropped dramatically in the past few decades, thanks to more education and awareness around the importance of an annual cervical cancer screening.
Our primary care providers and OB/GYN physicians at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission are here to guide you in understanding a screening schedule that’s right for you.
If ever the results from your screening come back abnormal, take a deep breath. Our experienced gynecologic oncology team is ready with advanced treatment options that can meet your needs and ease your mind.
- Skin Cancer Screenings
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Often, its first signs or symptoms are new or unusual changes in your skin.
Check your skin regularly or ask your primary care doctor to perform an initial skin cancer screening at your annual wellness exam.
Should you notice any changes to your skin, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist immediately. Find a dermatologist near you today.
- Lung Cancer Screenings
Advances in lung cancer detection are allowing us to detect and diagnose lung cancer in its earlier stages when it’s easiest to treat.
A low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan takes detailed images of your lungs, allowing doctors to find small, early-stage lung cancers that aren’t always seen on traditional X-rays.
Talk to your doctor about a lung cancer screening if you:
- Are a current smoker, or a smoker who quit within the last 15 years
- Are between 55 and 77 years old
- Have a 30-year pack-year history*
*A pack-year is calculated by multiplying the number of years smoked by the number of packs smoked in a day. For example, if you smoked one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years, you have a 30-year pack history. If you smoked two packs a day for 15 years, you have a 30-year pack history.
Call our lung navigator at Call913-789-3269 to learn more about the low-dose CT scan and to schedule an appointment.
- Colon Cancer Screenings
When you think about a colorectal screening, you may immediately think of a colonoscopy. Colonoscopies are the most common (and standard) colon cancer screening, but there are other options, depending on your needs.
These tests evaluate a stool sample that a laboratory will examine for blood and other signs of colon cancer or polyps. These can be done at home, but do need to be done more often.
A colonoscopy enables your doctor to view the entire colon and rectum and look for signs of polyps or cancerous growths. A small, flexible tube with a light attached is gently inserted into the rectum. A video camera attached to the top of the scope sends images back to your doctor’s computer. You may be given general anesthesia or a sedative to help keep you comfortable.
Your doctor can discuss these different colon cancer screenings to help you decide which is best for you. A gastroenterologist can also answer detailed questions and perform the exam.
Find a gastroenterologist near you.