Your Breast Care Team
Breast Imaging Radiologist
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Breast Rehabilitation & Certified Lymphedema Therapist
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.
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.