Berry watched change in breast biopsy methods

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BY Anna Goodwin McCarthy

Saturday, October 14, 2017

With compassion and a love for her profession, Licensed Practical Nurse Kelly Berry provides care for her patients.

“I love what I do,” said Berry, who works at Carolina Surgical Care. “I enjoy helping patients.”

Originally from Elizabeth City, Berry graduated from Northeastern High School. During her senior year in high school Berry completed a senior project that focused on nursing. Berry said it was at this time that she discovered an interest in the health profession.

Berry graduated from the Practical Nursing Program at College of the Albemarle in 2003, and she has been working with patients for the last 14 years.

While Berry sees patients with different medical conditions, she cares for many patients who have breast cancer and breast-related medical issues.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Berry stresses the importance of monthly self-exams.

Berry said she assists the surgeons and medical staff with ultrasound guided biopsies and genetic testing.

If a patient is qualified for genetic testing, Berry said she is able to swab inside of the patient’s mouth to collect a sample. Berry said it takes seven to 10 business days for patients to receive results of the genetic testing.

During the last two decades, Berry has witnessed changes, including non-invasive biopsy techniques, stereotactic biopsies and whole breast ultrasounds.

Berry encourages patients diagnosed with breast cancer to “think positive” and “keep a positive outlook.”

Helping to schedule appointments for patients with their oncologists, Berry navigates patients through the processes they encounter after being diagnosed with cancer.

“I am able to help them with compassion,” said Berry.

Berry is an active member and team leader at Forest Park Church. She also is a parent volunteer at her son’s school, Northeast Academy for Aerospace and Advanced Technologies.

For more information about breast cancer awareness, Berry recommends visiting The National Cancer Institute’s website at www.cancer.gov and the American Cancer Society’s website at www.cancer.org.