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 and evaluate each patient and to develop an individualized plan of care.
What to Expect at the Clinic Visit
The 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 radiology reports.
After each patient is examined, the physicians meet for a multidisciplinary 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 navigator, Tammy Zinn.
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, social workers, a chaplain and board certified palliative care physicians, Colleen Tallen, M.D. Medical Director. A referral from the patient's primary or attending physician is required. The clinic hours are Monday through Friday, by appointment only. For more information on the Palliative Care Clinic or to schedule an appointment, please call our Q-Life support team at 239-343-9560.