Specialties

  • Breast Care Team

  • Who is my breast care team?

    You will never be alone through your cancer treatment. Our multidisciplinary breast care team will be with you for your entire journey, from diagnosis and treatment to coping with side effects and life beyond cancer.

    In addition, you’ll have the expertise of an entire team of experts from Centura Health, the region’s leading health care network through what we call our “Multidisciplinary Breast Conference.”All patients that are newly diagnosed with breast cancer are discussed at a weekly multi-hospital cancer conference. The team will review your care and provide expert opinions.

    Meet your team:

  • Radiology plays a critical role in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Whether you choose digital mammography on the Avista campus or 3D mammography at our Church Ranch Neighborhood Health Center, you can be assured that every image is read by a board-certified radiologist specializing in breast health.

    How will my Nurse Navigator help me through this process as a newly diagnosed breast cancer patient?

    Your first cancer discussion

    Your Nurse Navigator will be contacted after it is determined that you have a positive biopsy. Your doctor will talk with you first, and the Nurse Navigator will then answer any additional questions and be sure you have your follow-up care plan in place.  

    Your first visit with your Nurse Navigator

    You will be scheduled with your breast surgeon to discuss your care plan. Your Nurse Navigator will meet with you in person at your visit. Your Nurse Navigator will review your Patient Care Planner with you and that includes:  

    • Breast anatomy and breast cancer anatomy
    • A breakdown and explanation of your personal pathology report. A pathology report is a document that contains your diagnosis determined by examining cells and tissues under a microscope
    • Information concerning your genetics and proper nutrition
    • Treatment options
    • Surgical instructions and your post-operative care instructions
    • An approved online and book resource list (There is a lot of information online and we want to make sure you are using a trusted resource to research your cancer diagnosis)
    • COPE library educational handouts

    Your Nurse Navigator will be you and your family’s advocate during your journey. It is important that you share information with them so that they can best guide you through every step. Here are some things your Nurse Navigator might ask you:
     

    • What is your current family and living situation? We are not being nosey, we just want to make sure we keep your loved ones informed and that you are safe when you get home
    • Do you have a support system in place? Depending on your surgery, you might not be able to care for yourself and we want to make sure you have the best opportunity to heal
    • What is your job status, insurance, benefits and financial status? No one plans for their diagnosis, and we want to make sure you have access to resources to help you
    • How can we support your emotional and spiritual health? We won’t tell you this will be easy, but we will tell you that we have talented, caring people that will listen and do their best to help you and support you.

     

    Your ongoing support from your Nurse Navigator

    Your Nurse Navigator will continue to follow up with you over the phone and in person at your upcoming appointments as needed. You can be confident that your Nurse Navigator will assist you with the following services as needed:  

    • Facilitate communication between your health care providers
    • Provide ongoing emotional, spiritual and lifestyle support
    • Assist with financial aid resources like financial grants and financial counselors at Avista Adventist Hospital 
    • Coordinate transportation and housing resources
    • Educate about outpatient therapy and local integrative health services
    • Supply family cancer education, nutrition, breast care and treatment resources
    • Provide genetic counseling and fertility referrals.  
    • Connect patients with local resources for wigs, head coverings and post-mastectomy products 
    • Present opportunities for attending local support groups
    • Help facilitate follow-up appointments
    Your breast surgeon specializes in a wide range of breast cancer surgeries and reconstruction.
    You will work with your surgeon to determine if reconstruction is right for you after the cancer has been removed. This doctor will work with your surgeon to reconstruct the breast where the cancer has been removed. You may or may not have a plastic surgeon depending on your surgery.

    Your medical oncologist specializes in the long-term management of your cancer. Your doctor will determine if you need chemotherapy or other medications to treat your cancer.

     

    Your therapist will work with you to restore movement, reduce scar tissue, improve strength and help to return you to normal life. Breast cancer patients are often at risk for lymphedema, a condition that causes swelling in the body. Our therapists can provide rehabilitation to increase lymph drainage and relieve discomfort.
    Your genetic counselor will work with you, and your family, to help you understand the inherited risk of cancer and help you be proactive about medical care. 
    In addition, you’ll have the expertise of an entire team of experts from Centura Health, the region’s leading health care network through what we call our “Multidisciplinary Breast Conference.”  All patients that are newly diagnosed with breast cancer are discussed at a weekly multi-hospital cancer conference. The team will review your care and provide expert opinions.
  • Schedule a Mammogram

    Request an Appointment

    Request your mammogram at one of our seven screening locations online or call toll-free: 1-844-642-2273.

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