Breast Cancer Care: The Gift of Health

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016
Patti Jantzen, Breast Cancer Patient Story
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, Doylestown Health's oncology social worker, 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.

Comprehensive Breast Care at Doylestown Health

Doylestown Health's Breast Center provides comprehensive breast cancer and well-breast care, close to home. All aspects of care are seamlessly coordinated by our dedicated breast cancer nurse navigator. From early detection through advanced screening options like 3-D mammography, to complex surgical treatments including nipple-sparing mastectomy, the experts at Doylestown Health are your resource for total breast health.

Breast & Ovarian Cancer Risk Evaluation Program

A licensed and board-certified genetic counselor provides information, evaluation and genetic counseling to assess a patient's personal risk for breast or ovarian cancer — at no cost.

Learn more about Doylestown Health's Breast Center

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