While one in eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime, dramatic advances have been made in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the disease. We can now test each patient’s tumor for molecular and genetic changes. This allows us to understand the exact biologic process taking place and better choose the medications and therapies that are targeted directly for that cancer. Some call this personalized medicine, some call it precision medicine and some call it targeted therapy. Regardless of the name, the result is breast cancer has an excellent survival rate when caught early.
As our understanding of the biology of how cancers grow and spread has deepened, we have learned that the best outcomes are achieved when we work as a team. At Compass Oncology, our comprehensive treatment team includes leading specialists in breast surgical oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, genetics, pathology and diagnostics and, of course, the patient who is always the most important member of the team. To support that patient on every level, the team also includes nurse navigators, patient benefit representatives, social workers, nurses and survivorship experts. The goal is not only to beat the cancer but also to help the breast cancer patient emerge from treatment whole.
Breast cancer treatment is complex and often requires a combination of targeted therapies involving multiple disciplines. It also takes an emotional, psychological and financial toll. That is why the multidisciplinary team is so important. At Compass, we know there is a strong mind/body connection and our patients do best when supported in every way. That could be as simple as helping someone arrange transportation to treatment or as emotionally complex as guiding a mother through the process of telling her children she has cancer.
From the beginning of treatment to life beyond cancer, the Compass Oncology care team is focused on helping each patient be a survivor. Learn more about the Compass Breast Cancer Specialists caring for patients in the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington area.