At Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, our team of breast cancer specialists focus only on breast cancer patients. This means that they are highly experienced in breast cancer.
Every week, our team of specialists meet to discuss patients and determine the best treatment for each patient. By bringing together breast specialists from different fields of medicine, we can offer patients the best care possible.
The records for every breast cancer patient are presented at weekly team meeting All the members of the breast care team are present:
As a group, we determine the best options for each individual case and start working with the patiient to develop a treatment plan that will fit their particular breast cancer and their lifestyle.
If the patient has been recently diagnosed, found a lump in a breast, or needs help understanding an irregular mammogram, the best place to start is with our nurse navigator. The nurse will review the patient’s records and make arrangements for them to see a breast surgeon and any other specialists based on their particular needs.
The nurse navigator will be the patient’s primary contact, helping to ensure that they understand their diagnosis, connecting them with different members of the medical team, and helping them find other services such as support groups and survivor programs.
Although same day appointments are possible, most patients are seen within 3-5 days, giving us time to receive and review all records and coordinate any additional appointments.
After being evaluated, the patient’s case will be discussed at the team meeting where they will suggest the best course of treatment. Both the patient and their doctor will work together to make that final decision. Typically treatments are started within 1-3 weeks depending of the first visit.
It is important to remember that no two cancers are the same. Each patient is an individual whose case is reviewed by our team of specialists as the unique case it is.
Patients who require surgery as the first line of treatment can usually expect to be scheduled within 2-3 weeks, depending on whether they need to have a plastic surgeon present to perform reconstruction. Chemotherapy, if necessary, can be expected to start within 1-2 weeks of consultation.
One of our main goals is to ensure that each patient has a clear understanding of the role and members of their healthcare team. Not only do we have breast social works, who are available for patients in need of social support and resources, but we also have a representative from the American Cancer Society which has a number of programs for breast cancer patients.
For patients who want additional support, we have several strategies to contribute:
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