A Team Approach to Breast Cancer Care

A Team Approach to Breast Cancer Care

Darlene hit a few significant milestones when she turned 70: she celebrated 50 years of marriage to her wonderful husband and visited all 50 states. However, beating breast cancer was not on her planned list of achievements.

Knowing the importance of regular screenings, Darlene always received an annual mammogram. Yet, during a post-surgical check by her gynecologist, Jay B. Greenberg, M.D., FACOG, he found lump in her breast and he immediately scheduled Darlene for imaging and a breast biopsy.

“When I first heard the word cancer, I cried a bit, but I knew God was in control,” says Darlene.

After her diagnosis, Darlene began her cancer journey at the John R. Marsh Cancer Center. “From the beginning, I knew I was at the right place,” says Darlene. “I felt like I was family, not a number.”

Individualized cancer care

At the John R. Marsh Cancer Center, Darlene’s team included a medical oncologist, breast surgeon, radiation oncologist and nurse navigator. Darlene valued how the physicians talked to one another and how her nurse navigator became her single point of contact for questions, concerns, appointments and other needs.

“Everyone gave me extra care,” says Darlene. “I was pampered like I was the president of the United States.”

Darlene underwent two breast surgeries and radiation treatment. Throughout her cancer journey, she experienced excellent care coordination from her oncology team. She also valued how her oncologist involved her in decision making. “He answered my questions and never made me feel like I made the wrong decision,” says Darlene.

Overcoming cancer and sending hope to others

During her treatment, Darlene participated in the Breast Cancer Support Group and served as a mentor to other patients overcoming breast cancer. To give patients hope, she knitted prayer squares and infused each 3x4-inch square with her own blessings.

Through prayer, the love of her husband and expert cancer care, Darlene has overcome cancer and continues to make more travel plans.

“Cancer isn’t a death sentence and you can’t let it run your life,” says Darlene. “We’re living in a modern world and there are so many resources at your fingertips.”

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