Published: 04/11/2014

Comprehensive Team Is On Your Side When It Comes To Breast Health

Breast health is personal. And when a mammogram reveals an abnormality or concern, a whole range of emotions can surface until a diagnosis is made. No one understands that more than the comprehensive team at Evangelical’s Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health, and for them, assisting every patient, every step of the way, is personal and a priority.
 
Everyone at the Center for Breast Health, whether they have direct patient contact or not, is part of the team. From the individual who greets patients at the reception window, to the medical professional who analyzes the breast images, to the surgeon taking biopsies, the team works to make the breast health experience a comfortable one. That’s the definition of “comprehensive” team – each individual doing their part, through their area of expertise, to make sure every aspect of care is covered.
 
From the first moments of knowing your mammogram has shown something that needs to be explored further, women in the Central Susquehanna Valley find care they can trust and technology they can count on at the Center for Breast Health. 
 
Patients with an abnormal mammogram reading are paired with an imaging navigator at the Center who works with them to schedule more imaging options that target the area of concern and get a focused look. The navigator serves as a support person through the follow-up images and the diagnostic process. If a biopsy is recommended, the imaging coordinator will schedule a one-on-one with the breast surgeons on staff.
 
Patients of the Breast Center have access to the entire team of experts covering specialty areas including breast surgery, radiology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, clinical psychology, pathology, physical therapy, and plastic surgery. The Center has everything the patient needs in one place to serve their physical, emotional, and psychological needs.
 
“All of those elements of care provide a foundation of support for the whole patient at a time when their life has been shaken by a cancer diagnosis,” said John Turner, MD, FACS, dedicated breast surgeon and Medical Director of the Center for Breast Health.
 
“We are more than just exceptional clinical care, we are a support system from diagnosis to survivorship,” he said.
 
As for that word, survivorship, it begins the moment of diagnosis. The comprehensive approach continues with the availability of services that address anxieties, fears, depression, financial, and many other concerns that can result from a cancer diagnosis. Overseeing that process is Michael Hayes, PhD, clinical psychologist, who meets with every newly diagnosed patient to evaluate their needs and offers support when the patient desires.
 
Under the guidance of Dr. Turner, Susan Krum, MSN, Certified Nurse Practitioner, assists with survivorship and conducts the high risk clinic at the Center. Care extends to the whole family by addressing any general heredity or specific genetic risk that may affect the patient or future generations. This is done through risk assessment testing.
 
“The reality is that a cancer diagnosis of any sort can rattle the core of life for the patient. Our job is to step in and be the patient’s sounding board, to help them through the process of understanding the diagnosis and making the best choices for their individual treatment,” said Billy Jo Day, RN, BSN, CBPN-IC, Nurse Navigator at the Center.
 
“Once we’ve identified cancer, we make sure the journey through treatment is personal to the patient and that we are in-tune with what a patient needs and when they need it. We are their resources, their advocates,” she said.
 
For more information about the Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health and its services, call 570-522-4200 or visit www.evanhospital.com.
 
Evangelical is a non-profit organization that employs approximately 1,460 people and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 132 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland, and Lycoming Counties.

 


John F. Turner, MD, FACS, dedicated breast surgeon and Medical Director of Evangelical’s Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health consults with Kenneth L. Jusko, DO, Radiologist, on a patient’s mammogram images. At the Center, radiologists work closely with breast surgeons, nurses, and oncologists to care for each patient on an individual basis.