Breast Care Program
The Breast Care Program at New Milford Hospital
Approved by the American College of Surgeons, New Milford Hospital's Diebold Family Cancer Center brings together leading cancer specialists to address your needs and give you personal attention. Our designated Breast Care Program involves a highly skilled team focused on promoting early diagnosis and delivering advanced treatment, including breakthrough research trials, to keep patients close to home. Our Breast Health Navigator, a specially trained oncology nurse, guides each patient through an array of education, treatment and support programs to provide an unmatched combination of compassion and professional care.
Whether you need assistance in preparing for a breast biopsy or need information on partial breast radiation or other therapeutic resources, our Breast Health Navigator will help you understand your options and make the necessary arrangements to facilitate timely and comprehensive care.
For physician or service referral, call 1-800-350-1595.
Individuals with breast concerns may also benefit from these support services at New Milford Hospital:
Breast Health Navigator
Katherine Sullivan, RN, OCN
New Milford Hospital, 21 Elm Street, New Milford, CT 06776
A certified oncology registered nurse, Katherine Sullivan serves as the breast health navigator. In addition to her experience as a nurse at the New Milford Hospital Diebold Family Cancer Center, she is breast care advocate, conducting education for breast health awareness, screenings and breast self-exam demonstrations for community groups and at Hospital-sponsored events. Katherine's role with the Hospital's breast care program is to guide women and their families in understanding their benign or malignant breast conditions. As part of this service, she is available to assist patients through every step of their care. She knows what resources are available, which experts can help you, and can answer your questions or help you find the answers.
How she can help
Our Breast Health Navigator's specialized skills allow her to function as an active health advisor and advocate at every step in this process. She will be present and available to answer questions and to help you navigate through routine screening or a diagnostic procedure, a breast biopsy, and treatment for breast cancer.
Assistance with Screening:
The navigator will offer a comprehensive breast examination, and teach women how to perform breast self exam (a recommended monthly check).
During the screening mammogram process, the navigator will be available to answer questions or concerns as they arise.
If follow-up studies are needed (such as ultrasound or MRI), the navigator will explain the study and why it is indicated, and coordinate scheduling.
Communication with Your Primary Care Physician:
If the mammogram is abnormal, the navigator will provide rapid communication of this result to you and your physician.
The navigator will discuss options for further evaluation (surgical consultation, stereotactic biopsy, etc.) with your physician, and will communicate the outcome to you.
Once a decision has been made about further evaluation, the navigator will coordinate the scheduling of these next steps, and will be available to you when they occur.
In the Event of a Cancer Diagnosis:
The navigator is available to meet with you and your family to discuss the diagnosis, provide education, and review the available treatment options that are indicated by your diagnosis, including surgery, radiation therapy, and medical treatment.
Once treatment decisions have been made, the navigator will facilitate the scheduling of all needed appointments with our specialists.
After you have seen our specialists, the navigator will be available to discuss their recommendations with you.
The navigator will facilitate ongoing communication among all of your health care providers.
While most surgeries are free of side effects, some women who have had lymph nodes removed and/or radiation for breast cancer may experience lymphedema. This condition that occurs when the lymphatic system loses its ability to transport fluid throughout the body effectively. Lymphedema is the collection of protein-rich fluid, which causes swelling of the extremities, trunk, face or abdomen. This condition can cause infection and pain, while limiting the use of the arm. The Diebold Family Cancer Center at New Milford Hospital recognizes the importance of identifying patients at risk for lymphedema, as well as the need for early treatment if symptoms are present. The Diebold Family Cancer Center works in cooperation with a certified lymphedema therapist at Carlson Therapy Network to help reduce swelling, improve use of the arm, decrease risk of infection, and limit pain. The therapist also works to educate women about their conditions, and how to manage them long-term. A physician referral is necessary. We recommend that all patients who have had surgery in the axillary nodes be evaluated by a lymphedema specialist. Services:
Manual lymph node drainage
Home exercise and self-care
Lymphedema Care Center
130B Grove St., New Milford, CT 06776
For more information: http://www.lymphedemacircleofhope.org/