Your first day with us starts with your screening. For many this is where the process ends. The screening is pronounced normal and we see you in a year. For some, abnormalities are found and you are called back for diagnostic testing. This testing takes place within one week of our finding any abnormalities.
Your Diagnostic Testing
This generally involves a follow up mammogram or an ultrasound. This is often a nervous time. Our imaging coordinators work with you. Our coordinators have worked with patients for years and understand that the process can be fraught with anxiety. Our team is at-the-ready to anticipate all of your concerns.
If there are any questions from diagnostic testing, we then order a biopsy. This happens quickly (with 72 hours of the diagnostic testing) Once your biopsy occurs, a lead nurse navigator will call you directly with results.
Our nurse navigators make it their personal mission to explain what to expect next. They have worked with patients for years and have given our center the reputation for personal care. You will have your own nurse navigator providing valet service to you throughout your time with us.
Navigators are a patient’s first line of contact following a diagnosis,” says Tina German, R.N., a certified breast patient navigator. “My job is to guide patients on their journey to survivorship.”
After a positive biopsy, within 48 hours, you will be matched with and visit one of our breast surgeons.
80 percent of our patients remain in remission. During this time, our nurse navigators provide guidance to help you stay healthy and a synopsis of what to expect. From the day you walk through our doors until THIS day is often about six to eight months without chemotherapy and about ten months with chemotherapy.