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Comprehensive, lifesaving care.

Thanks to care received at Huntington HospitalCancer Center, Anita Chavez is now cancer-free. When she found a lump during a breast self-examination, “I knew immediately that it was cancer,” she says. “I had a history of developing cysts — and the lump I found felt different.”

Anita’s physician referred her to our Jim and Eleanor Randall Breast Center. Diagnostic tests confirmed that the lump she had found was cancer — and she went on to receive treatment here, via breast surgery as well as radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

Over the course of her care, Anita took advantage of some of the many supportive services — including acupuncture and hypnotherapy — available to our cancer patients. She also turned to our Constance G. Zahorik Appearance Center for help managing the aesthetic side effects of cancer treatment.

“Huntington HospitalCancer Center treats the whole person — mind, body and spirit,” Anita says. “My entire care team was devoted to helping me fight breast cancer and I can’t thank them enough.”

Breast Cancer Bone Health Skeleton
  • Breast cancer treatments can lead to bone loss, so there is an increased risk of osteoporosis in breast cancer survivors.
  • Osteoporosis is a disorder of the skeleton that weakens bones and results in frequent fractures (breaks).
  • Estrogen plays an important role in preserving bone health. Unfortunately, endocrine therapy or anti-estrogen therapy is necessary in the majority of breast cancer patients as estrogen drives the growth of cancer cells.
  • Chemotherapy in premenopausal patients can cause premature ovarian failure, which results in less years of circulating estrogen to help protect bone health.
  • Steroids are utilized in many of the chemotherapy regimens and can also cause bone loss.
  • To prevent bone loss, take calcium and vitamin D supplements, perform weight-bearing exercises, quit smoking, and reduce heavy alcohol consumption.
  • For more severe cases, talk to your doctor about medications that can help preserve bone density.
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Nurse navigators’ role in the breast cancer journey.

Nurse navigators are registered nurses who assist patients through every aspect of their cancer journey. They are patient educators, care coordinators and mostly patient advocates. They support patients and their families throughout a critical time – from initial diagnosis to post cancer care.

Nurse navigators provide information to help patients and their families fully understand treatment options, while at the same time working closely with doctors and other members of the multidisciplinary care team to ensure coordination of services and the highest quality of care.

When I received the diagnosis of breast cancer, I felt as if my life had been turned upside down. From day one, my nurse navigator has been there for me – I talked to her on the phone the day I received by diagnosis. Through my tears, she reassured me that she would help me through it all. She has MORE than lived up to her words. At every step of the way, she has made it a point to check in with me either by phone or in person. She has answered the countless questions I’ve thrown her way or directed me to the proper resource if needed. She has literally held my hand, been a shoulder to cry on, as well as someone to share an occasional laugh or just talk with. I will forever remember the extraordinary, heartfelt care I received from my nurse navigator at Huntington HospitalCancer Center.”

Grateful breast cancer patient

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