HealthWatch: Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Clinic

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Approximately 4,730 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in wisconsin alone this year. There is an option for some breast cancer patients that eliminates weeks of radiation following surgery.

When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, she would typically have to make multiple appointments with multiple specialists on different days. 
    
Aurora BayCare's Multidisciplinary Cancer Clinic allows women diagnosed with breast cancer to meet with all their doctors in one day.


"Scotland, Liverpool, London,"  

Lee Ann Van Der Sande''s dream trip to Europe almost didn't happen. In June, Lee Ann yearly mammogram found something she wasn't expecting, "Out of the two lumps that they found, they found that one of them was cancerous," said Lee Ann Van Der Sande, breast cancer patient.

Lee Ann had stage one breast cancer. With traditional treatment she would have had to have 6 1/2 weeks of radiation treatment.  But Lee Ann would have  missed her once in a lifetime dream vacation, "And I'm counting down to my trip and I'm like well what's going to happen?" said Lee Ann.

Lee Ann's sister-in-law told her about a different radiation option, "Have the radiation done while you're in surgery so you don't have to have all these after care radiation treatments," said Lee Ann.

So Lee Ann went to see Dr. William Owens at Aurora BayCare Medical Center's Multidisciplinary Cancer Clinic, "In her case with it being such an early stage, small tumor it was surgery that was her first step," said William Owens, M.D., Comprehensive Breast Care Center Director, Aurora BayCare Medical Center.

Lee Ann chose a lumpectomy and  intraoperative radiation therapy- or IORT, "When we do the lumpectomy there is a space there temporarily and we bring a radiation device into the breast and then we treat the breast with radiation right in that spot," Said Dr. Owens.

The benefit, "That's the only radiation that they need so imagine the benefit for the patient she doesn't need to come back for 6 1/2 weeks of therapy," said Dr. Owens.

Plus at the Multidisciplinary Cancer Clinic patients work with a team of doctors, "And we come up with the best consensus as to what the best treatment is," said Dr. Owens.

And Lee Ann could see her doctors all in one day, "They like the fact that its a team working on their case not just one provider and they like the convenience they can see everybody in an afternoon rather than go to multiple consultations," said Dr. Owens.

And because Lee Ann chose IORT, "It's been a whirlwind ever since I got to go on my trip, I didn't feel real bad, I didn't have to have all these radiation treatments. I'm just ecstatic," said Lee Ann.

Intraoperative radiation therapy patients have to be of a certain age group, the tumor has to be small with certain characteristics.

To learn more you can call AuroraBayCare at 866-938-0035 or email healthwatch@aurorabaycare.com. 


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