A nurse navigator for your cancer journey
From your initial cancer diagnosis through treatment and rehabilitation, you may have your own personal advocate: a nurse navigator. Not only are nurse navigators available to answer any questions you may have, they provide you with support and guidance. Working closely with your doctors, they are there for you every step of the way.
MultiCare Offers New Savi Five-Day Breast Cancer Treatment
MultiCare Regional Cancer Center at Tacoma General Hospital is one of the first facilities in the Pacific Northwest to offer a more individualized treatment for early-stage breast cancer. This sophisticated new radiation treatment is delivered in a short, five-day course and also allows physicians to tailor radiation that can potentially reduce side effects.
Surgery may be one element of the treatment process. The goal of surgery is to remove the tumor. If your doctors feel they are able to perform breast-conserving surgery without compromising your health, a lumpectomy may be an option.
Your doctor may recommend one or two forms of radiation therapy – external or internal – to eliminate any cancerous cells in your body. External therapy is administered using high-energy x-ray beams that focus on the breast in the area of the tumor. Over time, treatment destroys or weakens the cancer cells so they cannot reproduce.
The SAVI Five-Day breast cancer treatment option is a sophisticated new radiation treatment offers a more individualized five-day course of radiation treatment for early-stage breast cancer. The majority of women who qualify for partial breast radiation can be treated with this treatment.
If your breast cancer treatment requires internal radiation, you may be a candidate for MammoSite RTS. This approach to radiation therapy, which delivers a concentrated dose of radiation to the tumor via a catheter, can be completed in as little as five days.
Chemotherapy drugs are designed to interfere with the rapidly dividing cancer cells in your body. Your doctors may suggest chemotherapy as form of breast cancer treatment before or after surgery.
Chemotherapy is usually administered intravenously (through the vein) or orally in the form of pills. Your doctor may recommend additional medications to help alleviate chemotherapy-related side effects.
Targeted Drug Therapy
If your tumor is hormone-responsive, your doctors may consider hormone therapy as part of your breast cancer treatment plan. The goal of hormone therapy treatment is to prevent estrogen from stimulating the growth of any cancer cells that may have moved away from the tumor to other parts of the body or at the tumor site itself.
Supportive and Integrative Therapies
In addition to the therapies described above, we offer integrative therapies such as nutritional therapy, physical therapy, yoga, massage and emotional counseling. Many of these therapies are remarkably effective in addressing the side effects of chemotherapy, surgery and radiation by easing tension, reducing pain and improving quality of life.
We also offer personalized services through Healthy Reflections Boutique including: wigs, scarves, doctor-prescribed skin care products and make-up, custom-fitted bras, breast forms and lymphedema products.