IU Health Cancer Centers can schedule you to see a highly skilled breast cancer expert within 48 hours of your diagnosis. Dr. Gary Dunnington, chairman of the Department of Surgery and Breast Cancer surgeon at IU Health, explains what you will experience during your first visit.
Throughout the whole process, the care coordinator is by your side – helping you manage the path of your care, coordinating with our team of specialists, and providing comfort and support services to your family.
During your first appointment, the breast cancer specialists will do the following:
Once your physician receives your test results, which can include results from digital mammography, digital breast tomosynthesis, ultrasound, biopsy, MRI, or a sentinel node biopsy, he or she will be able to share details of the location and stage of your cancer.
After gathering test results and discussing all of your treatment options with your IU Health breast cancer physician, you will be able to identify what treatment plan is best for you. Your physician will explain all the treatment options available to you for your specific breast cancer and, based on those results along with your personal preferences, will decide on a treatment plan with you, which could include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormone therapy.
When to begin treatment is based on the results of your specific breast cancer, and your personal preferences. When you and your physician identify the best treatment plan, you will also decide on when to begin it.
Your individualized treatment plan will determine who is part of your personal health care team, which could include surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, dietitians, psychologists, pharmacists, social workers, care coordinators and nurses. Whatever their specialty, our multi-disciplinary team work with you and your family to provide support throughout your treatment.