Breast specialists bring added expertise to care
Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer among American women. Working with a dedicated team of specialized breast care providers may impact a person’s journey.
Three of BayCare Clinic’s fellowship-trained breast specialists recently participated in a Facebook Live discussion on the impact specialized breast care can have in a patient’s journey.
“All breast cancers are not alike and there are a lot of nuanced decisions that go into how the treatment is approached,” says Dr. Natalie Luehmann, fellowship-trained breast surgeon with Aurora BayCare General & Vascular Surgery. “Having that extra training (in breast care) really lets patients have the most cutting-edge information and treatment.”
Luehmann participated in the panel discussion with Dr. Karri Adamson, fellowship- trained plastic surgeon with Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic, and Dr. Jordan Toman, fellowship-trained diagnostic radiologist with BayCare Clinic Radiology.
Watch the video above or listen to the BayCare Clinic podcast episode to hear the entire conversation.
“We all bring extra experience to (our roles),” Adamson says. “With our training, we have often been exposed to some of the more complex cases or patients who have unique scenarios and so we’re able to bring that experience to the care we provide.”
Collaborative model improves patient experience
According to Luehmann, her team works closely with Dr. Toman and the team at BayCare Clinic Radiology, Dr. Adamson and the team at Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic as well as other disciplines.
“There’s so much communication and teamwork going on behind the scenes,” Luehmann says. “Our teams meet to regularly discuss each case and come together to collectively decide what options are best for each individual person we treat.”
Toman agrees and recognizes the benefits of working with a team of “very talented” female providers.
“The majority of the people we’re treating are female,” Toman says. “I think, as women, we identify with and relate to the things they are going through on a different level. I think it provides a different level of comfort and understanding.”