The Multidisciplinary Clinics at Regional Cancer Center
are for patients with a cancer diagnosis. The standard of care for all
patients with a diagnosis of cancer is evidence-based, protocol driven, and
provided by board certified physicians. At the core of the exceptional
patient and family experience is a respectful partnership based on enabling
patients and families to participate in their plan of care. Patients can be referred by
their physician or can contact one of our navigators for a self-referral.
Benefit for the Patient
Many recent advances in the diagnoses and treatment of
breast cancer require close collaboration between cancer specialists, having
different areas of expertise. The Regional Cancer Center’s
Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic brings these specialists together to meet with
each patient and to develop an individualized plan of care.
What to Expect at the Clinic Visit
Breast Clinic meets on Friday mornings and utilizes a multidisciplinary approach
where the patient is examined by the
surgeon, radiation oncologist and medical oncologist. The visit includes a complete
history, physical examination and a review of the patient's pathology and
After each patient is examined, the physicians meet for a
tumor board, where an individualized plan of care is developed using National
Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines. The multidisciplinary tumor
board team consists of the surgeon, oncologist, radiation oncologist, pathologist, radiologist, plastic surgeon,
genetic counselor, pharmacist and nurse navigators.
For more information on the Breast Clinic or to schedule
an appointment, please contact our breast cancer
navigators, Dara Leichter or Tammy Zinn.
The outpatient Ostomy Clinic is for those with fecal or
urinary stomas who are experiencing difficulties with pouch adherence. The
certified ostomy nurse assesses problems, suggests pouching alternatives and
offers instruction, support and guidance. Preoperative instructions for
patients undergoing all types of ostomy surgeries are also offered through this
servce. A physician order is required. Most
insurance companies and Medicare/Medicaid will pay for service although a co-pay may be necessary. For more information, please contact our
gastrointestinal/prostate cancer navigator, Laurie Wise.
Palliative Care Clinic
Palliative care treats individuals who suffer from
serious and chronic illnesses including cancer, cardiac diseases, such as
congestive heart failure, chronic respiratory diseases (such as chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD), dementia, neurological disorders and
stroke. The goal of palliative care is to relieve suffering and provide the best
possible quality of life for both the patient and family. Palliative care uses
customized treatments to ease pain, shortness of breath, nausea, loss of
appetite, depression, fatigue and difficulty sleeping.
The Q-Life Palliative Care program consists of advanced
registered nurse practitioners, a social worker, a chaplain and a board
certified palliative care physician, Andrew Esch, M.D. A referral from the
patient's primary or attending physician is required. The Clinic is held on
Wednesday afternoons, or by appointment. For more information on the Palliative
Care Clinic or to schedule an appointment, please call our Q-Life support team