Doctors Community Hospital Has Only Trained Hidden Scar® Surgeon In Prince George's County

LANHAM, MD - Doctors Community Hospital announced that Dr. Regina Hampton has been recognized as a trained surgeon for the Hidden Scar® procedure. Currently, she is the only surgeon offering this procedure in Prince George's County and east of the Anacostia River.  This procedure expands breast surgery options for women by effectively treating breast cancer while optimizing cosmetic results. [1]

Each year, approximately 253,000 [2]  women are diagnosed with breast cancer that requires surgery. In Prince George’s County, 649 women will be impacted with many unaware of all the surgical options available, including less invasive approaches that can help restore their self-image and allow them to begin the emotional healing process. Five-year survival rates for breast cancer are high [3]. As such, survivorship is becoming increasingly important with scarring significantly impacting some women’s body image, intimacy, confidence and mental health. [4,5,6,7,8]

Hidden Scar breast cancer surgery allows surgeons to remove the cancerous tissue through a single incision made in a hidden area, preserving the natural shape of the breast while reducing visible scarring. Women who undergo this approach experience optimal clinical and cosmetic outcomes, and are at no higher risk of recurrence when compared to those who undergo many other surgical techniques.[9]

Dr. Hampton is a board-certified surgeon. She has been recognized throughout the Washington metropolitan area for her dedication to providing women with comprehensive breast cancer care.

“I am excited to offer this new service to women as part of their breast care treatment plan,” said Dr. Regina Hampton. “New innovations are developing at a rapid rate throughout the nation and I’m glad to be first in the area to provide women this option.”

Performing breast cancer surgery through a smaller incision requires consistent illumination throughout the surgical cavity so surgeons can clearly see and effectively remove the tumor. She uses Stryker’s  Intelligent Photonics® technology to improve her visibility during procedures such as lumpectomy and nipple sparing mastectomy – enabling her to perform complex surgeries with greater confidence, and give more women access to transformative options.[10]

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Doctors Community Health System is a network of medical and surgical services provided throughout Prince George’s County and in Anne Arundel County.  At the heart of this network is its flagship - Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, Maryland.  To complement the hospital’s high-quality and comprehensive services, the system has more than a dozen centers of care in Bowie, Camp Springs, Crofton, District Heights, Hyattsville, Lanham, Largo, Laurel, Riverdale and Temple Hills.  Also, the hospital has been rated as a high-performing facility for heart failure by U.S. News & World Report in 2017-2018 and designated as a primary stroke center by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems.  The system has experienced physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals who specialize in:

  • Ambulatory Surgery
  • Bariatric and Weight Loss Program
  • Breast Health
  • Diabetes Education
  • Digestive Disease Care
  • Emergency Services
  • Endocrinology Services
  • Health and Wellness Center
  • Imaging Services
  • Infusion Care
  • Orthopedic Services
  • Primary Care and Family Medicine
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Rehabilitation Program
  • Sleep Care
  • Surgical Services
  • Transitional Care
  • Wound Care

For more information, visit DCHweb.org or call 301-DCH-4YOU (301-324-4968). 

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[2] American Cancer Society. Breast Cancer Facts and Figures 2017-2018
[4] Moyer A.  Psychosocial Outcomes of Breast-Conserving Surgery Versus Mastectomy: A Meta-Analytic Review.  Health Psychol.  1997; 16: 284-298.
[5] Fobair P, Stewart SL, Chang S, et al.  Body Image and Sexual Problems in Young Women with Breast Cancer.  Psychooncology.  2006; 15: 579-594.
[6] Figueiredo MI, Cullen J, Hwang Y-T, et al.  Breast Cancer Treatment in Older Women: Does Getting What You Want Improve Your Long-Term Body Image and Mental Health?  J Clin Oncol.  2004; 22: 4002-4009.
[7] Härtl K, Janni W, Kästner R, et al.  Impact of medical and demographic factors on long-term quality of life and body image of breast cancer patients.  Ann Oncol.  2003; 14: 1064-1071.
[8] Kwait RM, Pesek S, Onstad M, et al.  Influential Forces in Breast Cancer Surgical Decision Making and the Impact on Body Image and Sexual Function.  Ann Surg Oncol.  2016; 23: 3403-3411.
[9] Sacchini, V., et. al., Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy for Breast Cancer and Risk Reduction: Oncologic or Technical Problem? American College of Surgeons. 2006. doi:10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2006.07.015
[10] LIT 11195 Nipple Sparing Mastectomy and the Advent of an Enabling Surgical Illumination and Visualization System. Clinical Experience Survey of Thought Leaders in Breast Surgery.