Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth offers a number of cancer prevention and early detection services, along with several support programs.
STEPS to Surviving Breast Cancer
Helping the survivor and the people who love her understand the emotional changes accompanying breast cancer is the goal of the STEPS to Surviving Breast Cancer series. The free series offers an innovative combination of social, therapeutic, educational and person-directed support to promote the healing process for its participants.The seven-week program covers a variety of educational topics and features professional expert speakers.
STEPS is designed for both the breast cancer survivor and those individuals involved in her life, although it is not necessary to have others attend. The series is offered twice a year. Classes are held in the Klabzuba Cancer Center.
For more information, please call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).
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Kupferle Wellness for Life(SM) Center
The Wellness for Life program offers prevention and early detection services to the community through an advanced mobile cancer-screening unit. The program provides comprehensive health screenings recommended by the American Cancer Society to assist people in staying healthy.
The mobile screening unit combines the convenience of on-site health education, screening and early detection services with the quality of Texas Health Fort Worth and the physicians on the medical staff. The mobile unit visits community organizations, schools, churches and corporations throughout area communities.
The mission of the mobile cancer-screening program is to reduce cancer incidence and mortality rates within the communities we serve. The Klabzuba Cancer Center is dedicated to fighting against cancer through awareness and providing knowledge to the public.
Wellness for Life accomplishes its mission by:
- Increasing awareness of cancer prevention
- Promoting the benefits of cancer screening
- Offering the community easier accessibility to screenings and early detection services
The following screenings are offered by Wellness for Life and recommended by the American Cancer Society:
- Breast Cancer: Mammography, clinical breast exams and breast cancer risk assessments are encouraged. Women ages 20 to 39 should have a clinical breast exam. Women age 35-39 should have a baseline mammogram. Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year.
- Prostate Cancer: Men age 50 and older should have a digital rectal exam and prostate specific antigen blood test. African-American men and those with a family history of prostate cancer should have both tests performed beginning at age 45.
- Colorectal Cancer: Men and women age 50 and older should have a fecal occult blood test.
- Cervical Cancer: Any woman who is or has been sexually active should have a Pap test and pelvic examination. Women who are 18 and older should have a Pap test and pelvic examination.
- Skin Cancer: Men and women age 18 and older are encouraged to have skin screenings, which include prevention counseling, skin self-examination instruction, and total-body visual examination.
This program is supervised by a medical director, and clinical examinations may be performed by Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners. Please call 817-820-4870 for more information about Wellness for Life, to schedule an appointment with the Mobile Unit or to book the Mobile Unit for your group or organization.
Cancer related check-ups and screening guidelines are recommended by the American Cancer Society.
Doris Kupferle Breast Center
The Doris Kupferle Breast Center offers a wide range of programs related to breast cancer screening, prevention, education, support and rehabilitative services. Physicians on the medical staff provide screening mammograms while nursing and other health-care professionals provide breast health education and support resources.
The American Cancer Society recommends a baseline mammogram for women age 35 to 39, with those age 40 and older urged to have a mammogram every year. To schedule a mammogram at the Doris Kupferle Breast Center, please call
Breast health education and support resources are made available through education provided by nursing and health-care professionals. Breast cancer support groups and breast health educational materials are also available to patients and the community.
The Doris Kupferle Breast Center also provides a mobile mammography screening service in conjunction with the Wellness for Life program. The mobile screening unit combines the convenience of on-site breast health education and mammography services with the quality of Texas Health Fort Worth. The two mobile units visit community organizations, schools, churches and corporations throughout the area communities served. A minimum of 16 scheduled patients are required for an on-site mobile visit.
Women should meet the following criteria to be eligible for a screening mammogram on the mobile unit:
- Be age 35 years or older. Those under 35 will need a written order from their physician stating the reason why a mammogram has been ordered.
- Have no breast lumps or other breast problems and no personal history of breast cancer
- Not be pregnant or breastfeeding
- Not have breast implants
- Have a personal physician
For more information about the Doris Kupferle Mobile Mammography Screening Program, or to schedule an appointment, please call the Mobile/Community Outreach Coordinator at 817-820-4870.
Nurse Navigator, Breast Care
A diagnosis of breast cancer can be very stressful and often requires making many decisions quickly. The Nurse Navigator acts as an advocate and educator, providing information, resources and support for those newly diagnosed with cancer. The Nurse Navigator at Klabzuba Cancer Center is a registered nurse experienced in the care and treatment of women and men with breast cancer.
The Nurse Navigator:
- Consults with clients in person or by telephone.
- Helps clients understand their diagnosis and learn more about it.
- Serves as a guide through the health care and insurance maze.
- Serves as a continuing support through recovery and aftercare.
- Provides information about community resources such as the Cancer Resource Library, educational programs, Genetic Risk Program and support services.
- Provides a vendor list of mastectomy garments, prostheses, wigs and lymphedema products available in the Fort Worth area.
- Appointment information
To schedule a private consultation with the Nurse Navigator for breast care, please call 817-820-4805. These services are available through the Klabzuba Cancer Center at no additional cost.
Cancer Risk Assessment
Health care professionals in the Klabzuba Cancer Center believe that prevention and early detection are key elements in the fight against cancer. Through the Cancer Risk Assessment program, you can review your family's medical history and be evaluated for potential increased risk of developing cancer. After reviewing your history, the assessment program staff will provide recommendations for cancer screenings and possible participation in the High Risk Breast Cancer Surveillance Clinic.
A full-time registered oncology nurse supervises the risk assessment department. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment. If you would like to evaluate your cancer risk, call 817-820-4868 to speak to the Cancer Risk Assessment coordinator.
You may also assess your cancer risk at the Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention.
Dialogue Support Group
The Dialogue Support Group is a cancer disussion group for adult patients and caregivers who share a common goal: learning to live with cancer. Some of us have cancer. Others are learning to live with cancer affecting someone they love. The group gathers to talk openly about the experience of cancer and how it affects their lives. By sharing thoughts within a supportive atmosphere, group members find new ways to live with cancer.
The Dialogue Support Group is conducted according to American Cancer Society guidelines. For more information, call 817-882-2092.