Med center cytotechnologists provide free cancer screenings

by Kayla Thomas-Haire, Nebraska Medicine | October 28, 2020

Image with caption: Front row, left to right: Jody Hubbert (cytotechnologist, Methodist Hospital), Ana Yuil-Valdes, MD (College of American Pathologists Foundation See, Test & Treat lead pathologist), Michele Kalal (population health manager, Charles Drew Health Center, Inc.), Maryrose Murphy (executive director, CAP Foundation). Second row, left to right: Troy Matthias (cytotechnologist lead, UNMC/Nebraska Medicine), Blake Rose (cytotechnologist, UNMC/Nebraska Medicine), Megan Eidem (cytotechnologist, UNMC/Nebraska Medicine) and Ernesto Martinez-Duarte, MD, UNMC Department of Pathology and Microbiology).

Front row, left to right: Jody Hubbert (cytotechnologist, Methodist Hospital), Ana Yuil-Valdes, MD (College of American Pathologists Foundation See, Test & Treat lead pathologist), Michele Kalal (population health manager, Charles Drew Health Center, Inc.), Maryrose Murphy (executive director, CAP Foundation). Second row, left to right: Troy Matthias (cytotechnologist lead, UNMC/Nebraska Medicine), Blake Rose (cytotechnologist, UNMC/Nebraska Medicine), Megan Eidem (cytotechnologist, UNMC/Nebraska Medicine) and Ernesto Martinez-Duarte, MD, UNMC Department of Pathology and Microbiology).

Nebraska Medicine/UNMC pathologists and cytotechnologists partnered with Charles Drew Health Center, Inc. and Methodist Health System to provide free, same-day cancer screenings for women in the community without insurance. The event took place Sept. 26.

"Women shouldn't have to go years without a mammogram or pap smear," said Ana Yuil-Valdes, MD, assistant professor with the UNMC Department of Pathology and Microbiology. "See, Test & Treat begins with a pathologist who recognizes the need in his or her community."

See, Test & Treat is a national program from the College of American Pathologists Foundation that provides similar screenings around the country.

"Cytology has always been behind the scenes in women's health care," said Troy Matthias, cytotechnologist lead.

"The event gives us an opportunity to serve women who do not have a means to be screened under normal circumstances."

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Dan Grice
October 28, 2020 at 10:56 AM

Bravo!!! Big thanks to the entire team for serving this deserving community!