October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, also known as “Pinktober”. It is a month to educate people about the risks pertaining to breast cancer, and to raise awareness about this heinous disease. All of this with the hopes of turning “breast cancer victims” into “breast cancer survivors”.
Linda Easley Fulton is a breast cancer survivor. One day, she noticed a lump, so her doctor sent her for a diagnostic mammogram and an ultrasound. This was similar to her regular mammograms, but instead focused on the spot where she felt the lump.
Linda had been getting her yearly mammograms and the most recent one had come up clean! But in between yearly appointments is when she noticed the lump. It’s important that everyone is proactive in doing self-checks!
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Cancer is a very complex disease, and it takes a team of doctors and specialists to provide the very best care possible.
At Riverside, they have tumor board meetings- where cases are brought up before a board of physicians. The team reviews images and as a team decides the best course of action. This collegiate setting helps because operating as a team helps the doctors to see the case from every angle.
Mrs. Linda opted for a bilateral mastectomy.
After the cancer is removed, Riverside Cancer Care does molecular and genetic testing on the tumor. This helps oncologists to give a very specific care plan to each individual patient.
Riverside’s Cancer Care Network is an integral piece of the puzzle when it comes to the patient feeling confident in their care team.
If you or a loved one needs more information, be sure to go to Riverside’s Cancer Center website: https://www.riversideonline.com/medical-services/cancer-care/
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