Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano Adds Center for Cancer Risk Reduction and Genetics|
PLANO, Texas — For many women, the fear of developing breast cancer is real and can be very stressful, especially for those with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer. That’s why Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano has launched the Center for Cancer Risk Reduction and Genetics to assist women with accurately assessing and managing their risks.
“We are proud to bring this program to the women of Collin County,” said Dr. Jeffrey Canose, president of Texas Health Plano. “This is the type of proactive program we hope to do more, working with individuals to take control of their health and wellness.”
Women start by filling out a brief online risk assessment for free at TexasHealth.org/BreastRisk.
Based on the results of the assessment, women at increased risk may be referred to a nurse practitioner with advanced training in breast cancer prevention and detection. The nurse practitioner evaluates their individual risk and works with women to develop a personalized risk reduction program that may include specific lifestyle, medical, surgical and prevention strategies.
Women who are identified as higher than average risk may enroll in the reduction program. The program consists of enhanced surveillance with biannual comprehensive clinical breast exams, lifestyle modification recommendations, advanced imaging such as alternating mammography and Breast MRI, and as appropriate referrals to genetic counseling, and consultations with physicians on the medical staff at Texas Health Plano for chemoprevention, and/or prophylactic surgical intervention as necessary.
With cancer prevention and early detection their primary focus, the medical providers within the program continuously evaluate the newest interventional and diagnostic technology and offer the most up to date, evidence based approach available. Many insurance companies will cover this type of counseling and testing for high-risk patients.
“For women, knowing their risk factors and having access to testing and experts in this field can help catch any cancers before the disease progresses,” said Sharon Hillgartner, APRN, WHNP-BC, the Center’s nurse practitioner. “The program seeks to empower women to monitor their health with the help of diagnostic tools, testing and medical advice from providers on the medical staff. Limiting modifiable risk factors and working to prevent or detect the disease early offers women their best chance of beating any cancers that may form.”
The Texas Health Plano program is an extension of the program which has been offered at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas since 2008.
For more information on the program, visit TexasHealth.org/BreastRisk. To speak with someone within the program, call 214-345-6625.
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