Wanzek Family Breast Care Center
Whether you have just received a breast cancer diagnosis, or it’s your annual breast exam, or you have other breast abnormalities, the multi-disciplinary team at the Wanzek Family Breast Care Center will work with you to ensure convenience, empathetic and expert care, and support. From the start of your journey through your survivorship, you can count on us to help.
Everything (and everyone under one roof)
We understand how frustrating it can be travel from one area to the next for tests and results. Every caregiver, test, and result will come from either the Comprehensive Cancer Center or our mammography area, steps from each other.
- Physical therapists and Lymphedema specialists
- Radiation therapists
- Oncology-certified Registered Nurses
- Nurse practitioners
- Occupational therapists
- Mental health counselor
- Social worker
- Breast Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist & Patient Navigator
- Financial Counselors
What can you expect?
If your doctor has referred you or you have called us yourself, our first steps will be to identify what is happening. To that end, mammography and ultrasound are the test we perform.
We will schedule you to see one of our specialists within in one week to discuss what we saw in your tests. We will discuss ongoing treatment and follow up, if needed.
A mammography is the first step in detecting breast cancer. It uses low doses of radiation to produce high-quality x-rays that help medical professionals identify and prevent breast cancer. Women should start getting annual mammograms starting at age 40. If your mammogram is not clear or is there is a finding an ultrasound will be done. Our women’s imaging area is staffed by radiologists who specialize in reading and interpreting mammograms, breast ultrasounds and MRIs.
The unknowns can be overwhelming and scary once you are diagnosed with breast cancer. At the Wanzek Family Breast Care Center, we have a team effort dedicated to the patient, to move the patient seamlessly from cancer diagnosis to treatment to recovery.
Patients diagnosed with breast cancer receive individual support and one-on-one attention throughout their cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery processes. We know there’s a lot to know and remember. You may be confused and afraid for the future.
Each patient will work exclusively with the Breast Cancer Patient Navigator, who works with your cancer team to make sure all your health and emotional needs are being met, including:
- A trained nurse navigator will be your advocate throughout the entire treatment process and survivorship, including:
- One-on-one sessions to provide you with information about your treatment
- Answer any questions and concerns
- Guide you through appointments, treatments, surgeries and any crisis
- Provide emotional support
- Education. Your life is going to change with breast cancer. A commitment to healthy living, stress reduction, diet and exercise will help you get through treatment and into recovery. You have the opportunity to:
- Work with a clinical dietician
- Meet with a social worker
- Seek financial counseling
- Participate in exercise and yoga classes
- Access complementary therapies such as healing touch, massage, and acupuncture
- Get the supplies you need such as prosthetics, bras, lymphedema sleeves, etc.
- Connect to community resources, support and other educational opportunities.