After her breast cancer surgery, Darmetta Daily wondered if she would continue to see her surgeon. The doctor surprised her, and Darmetta says she told her, “Oh, you have me for life. I’m here for you.”
In fact, her doctor compares that patient-doctor relationship to a lifelong friendship or family bond--that it is an incredibly important and supportive relationship that lasts for the patient’s entire cancer journey. For patients who have cancer, that kind of commitment can make all the difference during these unsettling and challenging times.
Whether they are just finding out they have cancer, have already started treatment or are in remission, many patients are facing sometimes very difficult questions about the next steps for their health. They may have had to postpone cancer surgery or delay their chemotherapy or radiation therapy. At Ascension in Wisconsin, our doctors are here for you at every step of your cancer journey.
“As cancer specialists, we understand that treatment and decisions around treatment right now might seem more difficult or uncertain than ever and that you might have many questions,” says Hanadi BuAli, MD, FACS, FSSO, Director of the Breast Health Program, Ascension Wisconsin in Milwaukee. “It’s important to talk with your doctor about your questions or concerns. We’ll discuss your care options and work closely with you on a personalized care plan that helps move your care forward in the safest way possible, with a cosmetic outcome that is right for you.”
It’s important that patients stay connected with their doctor about the status of their current health and care needs. Having a doctor who is a strong healthcare partner and who focuses on each individual while looking out for your family’s well-being and safety can help the patient get the important care they need, when they need it.
Providing more options and committed to the safety of patients in our care
At Ascension in Wisconsin, we are fully prepared to deliver the oncology care patients need, with strict precautions in place for the safety of patients in our care:
- Screening doctors, nurses and care teams before they enter a facility
- Rigorously cleaning and disinfecting all areas more often
- Staggering appointments and maintaining proper social distancing in waiting rooms
- Continuing to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
Virtual visits may be an option for some types of appointments if seeing a doctor from home is easier. Talk with your doctor about options for your appointments.
Focusing on emotional health and care for the whole person
It’s not uncommon for patients who have cancer to feel down or worried. Patients should let their doctor know how they are feeling so that the doctor can help with any emotional health concerns.
“Cancer is very personal and can take an emotional toll. We want patients to understand that what they’re feeling can be a normal reaction to the uncertainty, and we’re here to support them through this time,” says Dr. Deidre Flanagan, MD, Breast Surgeon, Ascension Wisconsin in Appleton. “We focus on meeting the needs of the whole person — body, mind and spirit.”
Compassionate, personalized cancer care at every step — with a trusted healthcare partner
At Ascension Wisconsin, our doctors and care teams are here to support you with compassionate care. Our doctors listen to understand you and your health needs. Then, we work with you on a personalized care plan that may include radiation and rehabilitation therapies, precision medicine, chemotherapy or supportive care. And if surgery is needed, our doctors specialize in minimally invasive and advanced procedures including Mohs surgery, interventional oncology and the hidden scar technique.
We are now scheduling cancer screenings, including 3D mammograms and low-dose CT lung scans, consultations and treatment. Find out whether a virtual visit is an option for your care. And if you need to come for an in-person visit, know that we have precautions in place for your safety while in our care.
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