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Multidisciplinary Clinics Now Available for Patients with Breast Cancer

For Immediate Release:
Media Contact: Sarah Darcy
July 18, 2012
(781) 624-8970

Significant Strides in Breast Care

South Weymouth, MA — July 18, 2012 — Breast health on the South Shore further enhances its patient-centered approach, resulting in personalized and streamlined care. The Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in clinical affiliation with South Shore Hospital now offers multidisciplinary clinics for specific patients with breast cancer. The goal of the clinics is to enable a newly-diagnosed patient with breast cancer to see the entire care team in one single appointment. The multidisciplinary clinic approach allows the care team — which includes surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and other specialists — to collaborate, share knowledge and develop an integrated care plan for the patient, which can be implemented in a timely way.

"I think it is common for newly-diagnosed breast cancer patients to be confused about their treatment plan and who will coordinate their care,” remarked Meredith Faggen, MD, Medical Oncologist. “With the multidisciplinary approach, the new patient will see all disciplines, and know that in just one day, the best plan of treatment is being formulated by the team.”

Every clinic patient is assigned a nurse navigator who becomes their primary contact. The nurse navigator remains with the patient throughout the entire consultation process, assisting in the communication of vital information between the physicians, and assuring the patient and the family that all questions are answered. “The nurse navigator keeps patients well-informed and very clear about their care plan. They know that even after they leave the Center, they have an easily accessible resource,” said Suniti Nimbkar, MD, Medical Director of the Breast Care Center. The nurse navigator coordinates all follow-up care, and guides and supports the patient and the family throughout the cancer journey.

The process of referral to the multidisciplinary clinic has been designed to help patients and primary care physicians receive prompt attention. When a referral is made, the Breast Care Center team gathers the required information. Then, the patient is scheduled into the most appropriate clinic based on the medical data available.

For more information about the Breast Care Center or multidisciplinary breast clinics, please call (781) 624-4545.

South Shore Hospital is a 318-bed, not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable provider of acute, emergency, outpatient, home health, and hospice care to the people of Southeastern Massachusetts. South Shore Hospital’s home care division includes South Shore Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the South Shore, and Home & Health Resources. The hospital’s 900-member medical staff represents all leading medical specialties. South Shore Hospital employs 3,800 people, supported by a team of 600 volunteers. South Shore Hospital is licensed to provide Level II Trauma care and Level III Maternal/Newborn care. Please call (781) 624-MORE (6673) or visit southshorehospital.org for a referral to a South Shore Hospital physician.

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