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Carle Cancer Institute Normal connects you to a wide range of breast cancer services all in one place. The Multidisciplinary Clinic and Tumor Board ensures that the very best breast cancer services are available in the Normal, IL community. The service provides coordination of care for the patient and family across the continuum, from prevention & early detection, through treatment and on to survivor services.
MULTIDISCIPLINARY CLINIC AND TUMOR BOARD
•You can see a breast surgeon, medical oncologist and radiation oncologist on the same day at Carle Cancer Institute Normal.
•Your doctor will get tumor board recommendations for treatment within a week of your appointment.
•You’ll have access to a dedicated breast navigator and genetic counselor.
• Tumor board recommendations follow the current National Comprehensive Cancer Network standards.
•We offer this service to the community in collaboration with Mid-Illinois Hematology and Oncology Associates.
THE CARLE 5-STEP BREAST CANCER PATHWAY
If you’ve been recently diagnosed with breast cancer (a core needle breast biopsy positive for breast cancer), you’ll go through five steps to ensure you’re getting the proper and most effective treatment:
1. You’ll have a single day of appointments with a breast surgeon, medical oncologist and radiation oncologist.
2. On your appointment day, you’ll meet with the breast navigator and then the other three providers.
3. That same week, your case will be presented to a multidisciplinary breast tumor board.
4. The tumor board recommendation will be sent to your referring primary care provider the same week.
5. You’ll start surgery, chemotherapy or additional work-up/genetic counseling before surgery, depending on the recommendation you receive.
COMPREHENSIVE BREAST SERVICE:
Individualized coordination of services by certified RN Breast Health Navigator
Multidisciplinary Treatment Planning
Radiation Oncology & Medical Oncology
Education and Support for Patients and their Families
Physician & other Professional Education
Medical and Radiation Oncology, including chemotherapy and radiation therapy treatment options, are available at Carle Cancer Institute Normal. Our cancer treatment services follow the recommendations established by the National Comprehensive access to clinical trials and state of the art technology. Additionally, the Breast Service staff works with all physicians, women’s centers & hospitals to facilitate coordinated care.
A Breast Health Navigator is a Registered Nurse who is specially trained to facilitate breast cancer care. The Breast Health Navigator offers educational resources for the patient and family, answers their questions and provides support during the breast cancer experience. Facilitation of physician recommendations for patient care is performed by the Breast Health Navigator to help ensure patient understanding. To contact the Breast Health Navigator at Carle Cancer Institute Normal, please call 309-451-2216.
Multidisciplinary cancer treatment planning involves weekly conferences where newly diagnosed breast cancer cases are presented for discussion to help facilitate decisions in treatment planning. These weekly conferences are attended by physicians representing all aspects of the patient’s care, including Oncologists, Surgeons, Primary Care, Pathologists, Radiologists, and the Breast Health Navigator. This representation provides the benefit of a team approach in order to identify the best treatment option(s) for the patient. Research has shown that multidisciplinary treatment planning increases survivor rates.