Katie J Fritz, MD

October 9th, 2015

Roughly 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime. That statistic can be quite alarming and cause many women to worry and wonder. During the month of October, media sources overwhelm us with statistics, numbers, and information regarding breast cancer to build awareness. But no matter your level of understanding, being told you have breast cancer can suddenly turn your whole world upside down. The diagnosis of breast cancer can have lasting effects on not only you, but your family and friends who are closest to you. During this time you may find it difficult to listen, understand, and even remember what you are being told. The diagnosis of cancer is hard to hear, but being a survivor can be life changing. In this time of emotional turmoil, it is important to have a supportive team of family members, friends, and experts who can help you deal with these emotions. They will help you navigate the journey through diagnosis, treatment, and ultimately the path to becoming a survivor.

Portneuf Cancer Center is unique in southeast Idaho. Our physicians and staff have the expertise, skills, and tools to provide state-of-the-art technology and treatment. All patient cancer care and services are located right here under one roof: medical oncology, radiation oncology, infusion therapy, financial counselors, social workers, and a cancer nutritionist. Our Combined Breast Cancer Clinic was established specifically to meet the needs of our breast cancer patients by providing experts from all three disciplines in one clinic visit. Led by specialized physicians in both surgery and oncology, our care team develops individualized treatment plans based on each patient’s specific needs.

Like other major cancer facilities, Portneuf Cancer Center follows the published guidelines for cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment as established by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). The NCCN guidelines set the standard of care for the treatment of cancer patients. Collectively, our highly skilled multidisciplinary team recognizes that the diagnosis and subsequent treatment of breast cancer is very personal. Our goal is to help you understand your treatment options so that together we can decide on the best treatment plan for you.

In the ongoing effort and the commitment of our hospital to keep the community informed about their own health care, the doctors from Portneuf’s Combined Breast Cancer Clinic will host a breast cancer symposium on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 6pm in the PMC auditorium. The Breast Cancer Symposium and Panel Discussion is free and open to the public. Members of the Breast Cancer Combined Clinic team will talk about the evolution of breast cancer, risk factors and diagnosis, as well as the multidisciplinary treatment options now available to treat this disease. The evening will finish with a panel discussion. Registration is preferred; for more information or to reserve your seat call 208-239-1048.

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