The Breast Specialists at Compass Oncology are a leading resource available to our breast cancer patients in the Portland and Vancouver metro area. We provide a collaborative approach to care delivered by a treatment team of leading specialists in medical oncology, breast surgical oncology, radiation oncology, diagnostics, and genetic risk evaluation when needed. Patients work with a nurse navigator who provides one-on-one guidance from diagnosis through treatment.
Breast cancer treatment is complex and often requires a combination of cancer treatments for the best outcome. Access to our multi-disciplinary team of cancer care experts from the time of diagnosis leads to optimal communication and a more personalized, cohesive treatment plan. Women know what to expect throughout their care and are empowered with the knowledge they need to fully participate in choosing the course of treatment that best fits their needs.
Women at high risk for breast cancer require the ongoing, focused expertise of specialists to best monitor and screen for the disease. The Compass Breast Specialists at our High-Risk Breast Clinic are an ideal resource for patients in this category. Our experts also treat benign breast disease.
If you've been diagnosed with breast cancer, your cancer care team will determine if a high-risk breast specialist is needed for your treatment plan. If you’ve participated in cancer genetic testing and have been told you have an increased risk for developing breast cancer, regular follow-up with a breast cancer specialist is essential and the first step to risk reduction strategies and active monitoring. Compass Oncology’s High-Risk Breast Clinic was founded to provide focused care for patients with inherited gene mutations and other complex breast issues, including:
The breast cancer specialists at Compass Oncology in the Portland and Vancouver metro area are available for women seeking a second opinion prior to surgery or adjuvant therapies. Many women find it particularly helpful to have access to a consultation with a medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, and breast surgeon prior to making a final decision on a treatment plan.
Watch the video below to learn about the importance of a second opinion for cancer diagnosis and treatment. Our breast cancer specialists are available to discuss your test results, cancer diagnosis, and options for treatment.
The cancer specialists at Compass Oncology are highly trained board-certified experts and trusted leaders in breast cancer care. For decades, our support teams and medical, radiation, and surgical oncologists have collaborated to provide multidisciplinary care in the Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington regions.
Our breast cancer nurse navigator provides guidance from diagnosis through treatment and works with oncology nurses, social workers, and patient benefit representatives to complement the physician team. The nurse navigator serves as a care coordinator, assessing the needs of our patients in order to develop an individualized education plan, coordinate community resources, and provide support where needed. This greatly improves the patient experience and lessens the stress of treatment.
The medical oncologists at Compass Oncology create and manage treatment plans, evaluate progress and collaborate on the best treatment options with other members of a breast cancer patient's care team. They consult with patients on their choices and offer medical guidance to help make decisions during the course of breast cancer treatment.
Breast surgical oncologists specialize in the treatment of breast cancer using various surgical techniques depending on each patient’s condition. The breast cancer surgeons of Compass Oncology are well-known experts in their field and are at the forefront of innovation in breast cancer surgery. They work closely with our team of medical oncologists and radiation oncologists to create individualized treatment plans for each breast cancer patient and determine the most appropriate surgical approach if any.
For some breast cancer patients, radiation therapy may be recommended as part of treatment before surgery to shrink a tumor first or after surgery to destroy any breast cancer cells that remain in the area. This radiation therapy is planned and administered by a radiation oncologist. At Compass Oncology, the radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, and breast surgical oncologists all work together to treat each patient.
The Genetic Risk Evaluation and Testing (GREAT) program at Compass Oncology is a leader in personalized breast cancer risk reduction. Genetic counselors guide patients through the process of deciding if genetic testing is right for them and help determine if a genetic mutation is detected. As experts in breast cancer genetics, they evaluate family history, provide knowledgeable guidance about cancer detection and prevention, and interpret the results of testing.
The Compass Survivorship Program for breast patients begins early in treatment and focuses on offering patients education and support to help them navigate the treatment journey even after it ends. One-on-one visits allow time to help improve patients' physical and emotional well-being, manage issues with intimacy resulting from cancer or treatment, and create follow-up plans to monitor health.