Fast-tracking treatment plans for breast cancer patients

The speed of treatment can make a difference in a patient's potential recovery

(KPLC) – When a woman is told she has breast cancer, it is not just a physical diagnosis. The emotional impact can be overwhelming, filled with uncertainty while waiting for treatment. That is why one Louisiana hospital is fast-tracking treatment coordination for breast cancer patients.

It has been a couple of months since a mass was found in 79-year-old Sybil Haas’ breast. She tried to focus on the positive, but knew a cancer diagnosis could be scary.

“I try to look at it in a positive way and say, ‘Lord, you must want something good to come out of this,'” she said, “but what good can come out of that?”

Sybil was able to find the good, meeting medical staff she now considers family with West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital’s breast navigation program. She was put on the fast track treatment plan to coordinate what had traditionally been a slow process, says Dr. Stephen Castleberry, a general surgeon at WCCH.

“For some patients, it’s weeks. I’ve even seen some be a month or more trying to get in to see the next doctor,” he said.

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