Navigating the Next Steps. Multidisciplinary breast cancer clinic offers convenient, comprehensive care
Getting the results of a breast biopsy either brings huge relief or marks the first step of cancer treatment. No matter which, the multidisciplinary breast cancer clinic at Adena Cancer Center makes the process more comfortable and convenient.
Women who have a breast biopsy after an abnormal mammogram are automatically scheduled for a follow-up appointment at the clinic about one week after the biopsy.
That’s when women whose biopsies show that cancer is present are informed of the results. While they’re at the clinic, they will meet with all of the clinicians they need to speak with about next steps — including a surgeon, medical oncologist, and radiation oncologist — all in one location, all in one day.
If a woman’s biopsy shows that whatever was spotted on the mammogram is not cancer, she receives a phone call from a nurse practitioner or Kemper with the good news. These women are offered an appointment at the breast cancer risk reduction clinic, where they can meet with a nurse practitioner to discuss the results. They also will discuss any risk factors for cancer and steps to lower the risk of developing breast cancer.
The Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Clinic is an innovative program dedicated to the treatment of all types of breast cancer. We provide patients with an experienced team of oncologists, surgeons, nurses, patient navigators, pathologists, radiologists, and a palliative care physician to discuss the best course of treatment for each patient. Our team works collaboratively to provide each patient with a personalized, compassionate plan of care.
When the patient arrives for their first appointment they will be greeted by the patient navigator. The navigator coordinates a meeting with a surgeon, followed by a radiation oncologist, and a medical oncologist. The team will then review the patient's medical history, family history, biopsy and mammogram results, and any other laboratory or imaging results to develop a treatment plan for the specific diagnosis.
Patients then receive an individualized plan of care that is consistent among all of the physicians and providers who will care for them. Once the final care plan is selected the Nurse Navigator will coordinate appointments for the patient to begin treatment.
The American Cancer Society suggests starting annual mammograms at age 40 if you have normal risk. But if you have high-risk factors, such as a strong family history of breast cancer, your doctor might recommend a different screening schedule.
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