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The Breast Care Center at Porter Adventist Hospital features a multidisciplinary breast cancer clinic that integrates a team of cancer experts and medical specialists to give patients the most comprehensive set of treatment options available.
Porter's multidisciplinary breast cancer clinic is a nationally accredited breast cancer treatment program that combines patient comfort and care with clinical expertise and experience – a rare combination that makes Porter Adventist Hospital a destination treatment center for breast cancer patients throughout Colorado.
The multidisciplinary breast clinic is designed to help patients understand and begin cancer treatment quickly. Where it can take up to eight weeks for a patient to complete an initial round of appointments, the Breast Care Center bring together an entire team of cancer experts in a single day to create a fully customized treatment plan tailored to a woman's clinical needs, personal concerns and lifestyle.
Dr. Jodi Chambers is a Denver native with extensive medical experience and surgical expertise. Dr. Chambers now specializes in the surgical management of breast diseases such as breast cancer. She has served as Chief Medical Officer at St. Anthony Hospital, Director of Trauma Services at both St. Anthony Central and Littleton Adventist Hospital prior to her dedicating her surgical practice to breast disease management.
When it comes to her patients, Dr. Chambers believes that understanding one’s options is the key to treatment decisions and each patient deserves to be cared for individually.
Dr. Caitlyn Truong is a fellowship trained breast surgeon specializing in the care and treatment of varying breast diseases, ranging from benign breast to breast cancers. She earned her medical degree from University of CA at San Diego (UCSD) where she developed her interest in oncology. She then completed General Surgery residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center and completed her training in Breast Surgical Oncology at Stanford University.
Dr. Truong is actively involved in the interdisciplinary management of breast disease and believes in a holistic, compassionate approach to patient care and treatment. She supports the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines. Her interests include survivorship, with an emphasis on promoting health and fitness.
The Breast Care Center at Porter, specializes in breast cancer treatment and compassionate care for our patients. While breast cancer treatment is our primary focus, the Porter Breast Center is also a leading provider of care for benign breast diseases and lymphedema.
Our team of expert physicians, nurses and other cancer specialists are skilled and experienced in the treatment of all types of breast cancer including early stage, metastatic and inflammatory breast forms of the disease.
The Porter Breast Center also specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of noncancerous breast conditions such as irregular lumps, cysts, and breast discomfort. Many of these conditions can be attributed to hormone fluctuations and include fibroadenomas, nipple discharge, infection, cysts, fat necrosis, sclerosing adenosis, intraductal papilloma and hyperplasia.
When lymph vessels and nodes are damaged or removed, patients may experience increased swelling of fibrotic tissue that makes them more susceptible to infection. To combat this condition, the Porter Breast Center provides Complete Decongestive Therapy to help patients recover from lymphedema.
Treating breast cancer often involves more than one approach and many different treatment options. At The Breast Care Center, we specialize in multiple breast cancer treatment options and therapy combinations, including:
Our experienced team of caregivers takes time to discuss all potential breast cancer treatment options before any treatment is recommended. We listen carefully to all patient concerns and wishes to ensure that a patient’s breast cancer treatment plan is ideally suited to their unique situation.
Nurse navigators are a valuable resource to help patients overcome barriers to cancer care.
Often, nurse navigators are the first point of contact for patients moving from an initial screening, such as a mammogram, to a more detailed diagnostic workup. They also serve as the main point of contact as patients leave the health care system and begin their lives as cancer survivors.
The nurse navigator at The Breast Care Center, is part advocate, part educator, part support system and part nurse. Our nurse navigator knows that when working with patients she is involved in very personal aspects of their lives and respects this privilege. She follows patients through their entire breast cancer care process. Sometimes that means putting them in touch with each other, setting up appointments, recommending questions to ask the doctor or even accompanying patients to appointments. At The Breast Care Center, our nurse navigator is an advocate for each breast cancer patient we see.
Some of the specific services that a nurse navigator handles include:
The Breast Care Center at Porter, fully supports a patient's decision to get a second opinion and we welcome patients seeking a second opinion from us.
Your choice of cancer treatment involves a number of important and complex considerations, including a number of medical and personal factors. A second opinion may help you feel more confident in your decision-making.
Many insurance companies cover the cost of a second opinion and numerous cancer advocacy organizations recommend that patients know all of their options before starting any type of cancer treatment.
As a leader in breast cancer treatment, The Breast Care Center at Porter has direct access to some of the most innovative studies in cancer prevention, early detection and treatment regimens. We also actively participate in clinical trials through the
Colorado Cancer Research Program.
Through our certified oncology clinical research nurse, the Porter Breast Center can help patients access cancer clinical trials that include:
A cancer diagnosis is a life changing event, both for patients and their family. As a result, Porter Adventist Hospital offers a wide range of support services to help people cope with the anxiety, fear, depression, panic, vulnerability and other experiences of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Additionally, individual and family counseling is available to any oncology patient or family at no charge, regardless of where they are treated.
The following support groups serve a very unique role to participants in that both patients and families have the opportunity to meet others who are successfully navigating this journey.
The Breast Care Center Support Group is a 12-week educational group for women diagnosed with breast cancer within the past year. Each session is topic based and covers various treatment related issues such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, fitness, nutrition, lymphedema and more. The Breast Care Center Support Group meets weekly from noon to 1:30 p.m. For information about the next session please call 303-778-5832. This group is offered twice a year and requires registration of at least 10 participants to be held. There is no fee, however, registration is required.
The Monthly Breast Care Center Support Group is primarily for women diagnosed within the past year and offers education, perspective and support. This group meets on the first Tuesday of each month from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Porter Adventist Hospital. Please call 303-778-5832 for more information.
The General Cancer Support Group is a six week educational support group for families who have experienced a recent cancer diagnosis. Groups are offered twice a year, typically in the Spring and Fall, with meetings on Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. There is no fee, but registration is required. For further information, please call 303-778-5832.
Kids Alive is one of very few programs of its kind in the United States and the only one in the Denver area. This group has served well over 500 children and families and is open to children ages 6-16. The group meets monthly from October through June, usually on the second Saturday of the month. To learn more, visit
This free two-hour program teaches women undergoing cancer treatment how to cope with changes in their appearance and includes:
This class is offered twice a year at Porter Adventist Hospital. Contact the American Cancer Society at 303-758-2030, ext. 472 for exact dates. Once you choose a date, you must call and register with Porter at 303-766-3888.
Counseling is available to any oncology patient and family at no charge. Services are provided by the clinical nurse specialist for oncology support services. There is no fee but appointments are required. Please call 303-765-3888 to schedule an appointment. For further information regarding any of the above support groups or services, please contact our Clinical Nurse Specialist for Oncology Support Services 303-778-5832.
The Breast Care Center at Porter, offers resources and referral services to a variety of local vendors who specialize in therapeutic, restorative and cosmetic products to assist women who have undergone a lumpectomy, mastectomy or other breast procedure.
By working with professional and experienced vendors who know the specific needs of post-breast surgery patients, the Breast Care Center can offer yet another resource to help women overcome breast diseases and return to a normal life.
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