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, the experts at Doylestown Health are your resource for total breast health.
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