A breast cancer diagnosis can be scary, but our Duly Health and Care breast cancer care team will be with you every step of the way. Whether it’s breast cancer screening or treatment after a diagnosis, Duly is here for you. Your breast cancer care team consists of an integrated group of specialists who will find the best treatment plan for your individual needs and support you along the way.
Meet some of the people on your breast cancer care team.
An oncology nurse navigator is here for you and your family to help coordinate care from diagnosis and beyond. They’re here to make navigating life after a breast cancer diagnosis less daunting. Their role is to provide additional information about treatment options, answer questions and connect you, and your caregivers, with any additional support services that may be needed.
Your Duly medical oncologist will diagnose and treat your breast cancer. They work closely with your entire care team to develop a personalized treatment plan. Treatment options may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, biological therapy, immunotherapy or a combination of these therapies.
Your breast cancer surgeon, sometimes called a surgical oncologist, will remove the cancer. They will discuss the best treatment for you. Many women with early-stage breast cancer might be presented with two surgical options — breast-conserving surgery (removes part of the breast where cancer is found) or a mastectomy (entire breast is removed).
Most women with breast cancer will have surgery as part of their treatment.
Here are 4 reasons you may need breast surgery:
To remove the cancer, or as much of it as possible
To alleviate advanced cancer symptoms
To check if the cancer has spread outward to the lymph nodes under the arms
To restore the breast’s look and overall appearance after the cancer has been removed
The thought of surgery might make you anxious or overwhelmed, but your breast cancer surgeon will carefully explain whichever treatment is best for you. It’s also important to understand that you have a higher chance of eliminating the cancer through surgery.
Infusion Center Team
Duly’s Infusion Center offers many specialized procedures and treatments, including chemotherapy. Each of our centers offer patients a soothing environment. They’re equipped with the best medical equipment and include amenities such as internet access, cable television, DVD players, and cozy blankets.
Radiation oncologists are a part of the Duly Health and Care Integrated Oncology Program and use the latest technology to deliver leading-edge cancer treatment. When breast cancer is found, radiation therapy might be one treatment option your oncologist will suggest. Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to destroy cancer cells. Radiation therapy is usually combined with chemotherapy and surgery.
Radiation is designed to target a specific area where there’s cancer. This treatment gives you a higher quality of life and a better survival rate.
Once the cancer has been removed, a plastic surgeon can go in to restore the breast. They will be able to improve the overall appearance of your breast(s) after the cancer has been removed.
Some women choose to have reconstructive surgery immediately after, while some wait. Women choose breast reconstruction surgery for varioust personal reasons; it might boost your confidence or just help your clothes fit better,. Whatever the reason, it’s your decision. Make sure you meet with a plastic surgeon before the breast surgery to go over your reconstruction options and address expectations.
A physical therapist may also support your cancer rehabilitation. At Duly, our physical therapists can help you learn to manage the physical side effects of cancer or cancer treatments. The team also includes occupational therapists. They can work with you to help you regain your motion, build strength, increase endurance, overcome fatigue, and more. Together, our team will create an individual treatment plan to meet your goals and improve your quality of life.
Mental Health During Treatment
Making sure your mental health is taken care of during breast cancer treatment is important. While it’s not uncommon to feel a little overwhelmed by a cancer diagnosis, remember you aren’t alone. Duly’s behavioral and mental health services has providers who will help you achieve long-lasting mental, emotional, and physical well-being.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed about a breast cancer diagnosis, talk to Duly’s care team about your concerns. For more information on our oncology team, or to schedule an appointment, visit our Hematology & Oncology department website or call 630−364−7850.