A team approach for total breast care
Patients in our cancer program are at the center of the treatment planning process and highly involved in decision-making regarding the direction it takes. Providing guidance and assistance is our comprehensive care team comprised of board-certified and fellowship-trained cancer specialists and surgeons, certified oncology nurses, and counselors who lend support for emotional, financial and community resource matters. Your team of physicians meets weekly to discuss your diagnosis and evaluate treatment options.
Our oncology nurse navigator team
Standing left to right – Carol Clouthier, RN; Julie Wannow, RN; Angel Shaffer, RN; Britt Baertlein, RN
Seated left to right – Mary Gilbert, RN; Craig Gordon, RN; Michelle Willman, RN; Natalie Ebenhoch, RN
Oncology nurse navigator
Beginning at the time of cancer diagnosis, each patient is partnered with an oncology nurse navigator who becomes a single point of contact for their cancer journey.
Oncology nurse navigators work closely with patients’ physicians and the entire cancer care team to empower patients and support their needs. Nurse navigators actively partner with patients and their families to listen and address their needs with care and compassion. They provide information and education on cancer diagnoses and treatment options, and offer psychosocial support to help manage stress and anxiety. Oncology nurse navigators also act as advocates to help remove barriers to care and assure care transitions are timely and well-coordinated. They engage patients in care planning and self-care to promote optimal health throughout the cancer journey and beyond.
A medical oncologist treats patients with drugs that aim to kill cancer cells such as chemotherapy and other biologic therapies. Typically this is the primary doctor taking care of your cancer-related problems.
A radiation oncologist uses radiation to treat cancer. Radiation may come from a machine outside the body (external-beam radiation therapy), or it may come from radioactive material placed in the body near cancer cells such as brachytherapy, a type of treatment in which radioactive seeds are placed directly into or near a tumor.
A surgeon performs surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. Our surgeons are trained in the latest minimally-invasive techniques using state-of-the-art technology such as robotic-assisted surgery.
A hematologist specializes in treating disorders of the blood. In oncology, that includes treating cancer in blood cells such as leukemia.
The pathologist typically is not a physician you encounter personally during your treatment journey. The pathologist is the physician who specializes in identifying the classification and stage of your cancer. This is important in that it helps determine the appropriate therapies for treatment.
This physician uses imaging technology such as computer tomography (CT) scanning, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or ultrasound to guide the delivery of treatment to the targeted area.
Depending on your cancer or treatment, it is possible that doctors who specialize in other areas may contribute to your care as well.
Other supportive care
A multi-disciplinary team of specially trained cancer rehab therapists is available to evaluate patient needs including gait stability, strengthening exercises, weakness and speech deficits. Based on the evaluation a treatment plan is developed to minimize the effects of cancer treatment and help restore these functions.
Our social workers provide assistance with discharge planning, coordination of home care and help make connections with community resources for continued care and support after cancer treatment.
Some cancers may require dietary limitations or considerations during the course of treatment. A certified dietitian is available to evaluate nutritional needs and develop a personal plan of care to support patient needs during treatment and into survivorship care.
Our board-certified genetic counselors facilitate cancer risk assessments and genetic cancer testing and will provide consultation and support in helping patients understand and manage cancer risk.