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Breast Cancer Care: The Gift of Health

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016
Patti Jantzen
Breast cancer survivor Patty Jantzen and oncology nurse navigator Kathy Nellett, RN, OCN, CBCN

Doylestown Health's Breast Center provides comprehensive breast cancer and well-breast care –seamlessly coordinated by our dedicated breast cancer nurse navigator.

Testing at Doylestown Health's Women's Diagnostic Center confirmed that the lump in Patty Jantzen's left breast was a malignancy, specifically invasive lobular carcinoma. "I couldn't think straight. But Kathy Nellett, the hospital's breast cancer nurse navigator, was amazing. Kathy helped me coordinate appointments. She provided information and offered much-appreciated support," says Patty.

Patty opted for a bilateral mastectomy. Post-operatively, over the course of the year, she received chemotherapy and then radiation at Penn Radiation Oncology — all on the Doylestown Hospital campus. Patty's chemotherapy at Doylestown Health's Outpatient Infusion Unit began on February 21, coincidentally also Patty's birthday. Says Patty: "What greater birthday gift to myself than health?"

Patty also underwent genetic counseling and testing at Doylestown Hospital. "I found out that if I had tested positive for BRCA1 or BRCA2, it could mean my twin sons were at a higher risk of cancer."

In September 2014, Rachel Saks, MSS, LSW, OSW-C, contacted Patty, now fully cancer-free, to tell her about Doylestown Health's new Cancer Fit program for survivors. Patty was eager to join. "I got to be with others who understood what I had gone through as I regained strength."

"It was such a difficult time, but it's over, and through it all I count myself lucky to have been able to get such great treatment so close to home," says Patty.

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About Doylestown Health's Breast Center

Doylestown Health's Breast Center offers comprehensive breast cancer and well-breast care, close to home. From early detection through advanced screening options like 3D mammography, to complex surgical treatments including nipple-sparing mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery, the experts at Doylestown Health are your resource for total breast health. As a member of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network at Jefferson, Doylestown Health Cancer Institute oncology patients have access to innovative clinical trials, expert second opinions and the latest information in the field of cancer genetics.

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