A Guiding Light for Breast Cancer PatientsA new diagnosis of breast cancer can be frightening and confusing. Thanks to the nurse navigator program at Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital, breast cancer patients don’t have to fight the battle alone.
A breast cancer navigator is a dedicated nurse who can serve as a friend to breast cancer patients by providing a shoulder to cry on or a listening ear.
Dana McGuirk, R.N., certified oncology nurse and nurse navigator at Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital, is a breast cancer survivor herself.
McGuirk is available to direct patients to information regarding diagnosis, treatment and recovery while providing crucial emotional support every step of the way.
McGuirk points patients toward support groups, helps patients cope with cosmetic changes including purchasing wigs through the Harris Methodist Fort Worth breast cancer boutique, and carefully educates each patient on the treatment process.
Prevention Is Key
The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 180,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, make a vow to look after your breast health. Schedule an annual mammogram and commit to monthly self exams.
For more information on doing a breast self-exam, visit www.breastcancer.org and search “self exam.”
Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital, Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital and Harris
Methodist Northwest Hospital offer digital mammograms — the latest in mammography
technology. To schedule a screening, call 1-888-4-HARRIS (I-888-442-7747).