Richland, Wash. – Patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer now have an easier option when it comes to coordinating their care. Kadlec Clinic, in partnership with the Tri-Cities Cancer Center, has launched a Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Clinic (MBCC) held at the Tri-Cities Cancer Center.
The process is simple. Any positive cancer pathology triggers an opportunity for a physician to refer their patient to the MBCC. During the patient’s appointment at the clinic, the patient will meet with the entire cancer care team – breast surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist and a nurse navigator.
The breast cancer team of specialists develop a coordinated plan for care during the visit. This approach provides the timeliest pathway to treatment so patients can have confidence in knowing the highest level of care is being recommended, coordinated and delivered.
In addition to knowing all the options have been explored, the patient is also offered a wealth of resources from comfort items and services to rehabilitation and emotional support.
Physician leaders in this effort are Dr. Sue Mandell, radiation oncologist with Tri-Cities Cancer Center; Dr. Eric Gamboa, medical oncologist and hematologist with Kadlec Clinic; Dr. Rangaswamy Chintapatla, medical oncologist and hematologist with Kadlec Clinic; Dr. John Droesch, breast surgeon with Kadlec Clinic; and Dr. Ying Zhou, medical oncologist and hematologist with Kadlec Clinic.
Patients interested in the Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Clinic can ask their physician for a referral. More information is available at www.kadlec.org/breastcare.
Kadlec is a not-for-profit health system serving residents in southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon. Founded in 1944, Kadlec has a rich heritage of offering vital health services to everyone who needs it, regardless of their ability to pay. Kadlec has grown into a regional referral center providing primary and specialty care services for patients of all ages. Flagship services include comprehensive cardiac care, neurosurgery and neurology, neonatal and pediatrics, rural and emergency medicine. Kadlec provides rural telehealth services in partnership with clinics and hospitals in southeast Washington and northeast Oregon. Today, more than 3,500 employees work at Kadlec in the main hospital, or in primary and specialty care physician clinics throughout the region. In June, 2014, Kadlec affiliated with Providence Health & Services, now Providence St. Joseph Health, a not-for-profit health system comprised of 50 hospitals in seven states. Kadlec has joined a secular, non-religious division of Providence, sharing service-driven missions around providing care to those in need. For more information, visit www.kadlec.org.
About Tri-Cities Cancer Center
Founded in 1994 as the radiation oncology service of Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Lourdes Health Network and Trios Health, the Tri-Cities Cancer Center has grown to be the community’s leader in cancer prevention, early detection, world-class treatment and survivorship. Our mission is to provide the best cancer care for patients by working with key specialists, our owner hospitals, volunteers and our community. We are the regional provider of comprehensive cancer solutions. We are your Tri-Cities Cancer Center. To learn more about the Tri-Cities Cancer Center and how you might become involved, visit us online at www.tccancer.org.
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