Unique Programs Help People Detect,
Deal With, Defeat Cancer
The Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center does more than treat disease. We also offer several unique services focused on cancer prevention, early detection, treatment support and life assistance.
Beating Cancer to the DrawWith cancer, early diagnosis can make all the difference. At Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin, a variety of programs help people catch cancer in its first stages.
A free prostate cancer screening program is offered to men who have not previously been diagnosed with the disease. The program is open to men over the age of 50, African-American men over the age of 40, and any man over 40 whose father or brother has had prostate cancer.
Some people need more than simple screenings. Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin offers two programs for people who believe they may be at higher risk of developing cancer. Our Cancer Genetics Screening Program uses genetic counseling to evaluate your risk and develop an individual surveillance and prevention plan (genetic testing is available). Women who are concerned specifically about breast cancer can tap into the Breast Cancer High Risk Assessment Clinic. This clinic gives you the chance to address your concerns in a one-on-one session with a breast cancer specialist. Patients receive a thorough clinical breast examination, a comprehensive assessment of personal risk factors, plus individualized recommendations.
Team Provides Back-UpCancer patients have many needs that go beyond medical care. Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin provides resources that support patients throughout treatment.
Cancer Center social workers are available to help inpatients and outpatients overcome an array of obstacles. In addition, patients have access to a full-time registered dietitian who specializes in cancer nutrition.
Breast cancer patients can get extra support from our breast cancer nurse navigator. This specially trained nurse helps women work through the disease’s complex decision-making process. She also coordinates visits with surgeons and specialists and links patients with hospital and community resources.
Many patients are from outside the Milwaukee area. The Cancer Center works with a number of community organizations that provide free temporary housing and transportation for out-of-town patients and family members. We can also connect people with nearby hotels and motels that offer special patient discounts.
Essential SupportThe emotional impact of cancer can be overwhelming. To help patients cope, we sponsor several free cancer support groups, including individual groups for patients with breast cancer, lung cancer, leukemia, brain tumors and other conditions. In addition, we offer an exercise class designed specifically for women with breast cancer. The class is called “Moving Beyond” and all sessions take place at the Wisconsin Athletic Club.
At Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin, we provide exceptional support to patients facing terminal cancer. Our unique Palliative Care Program is the only one like it in Wisconsin. This program provides not only pain management and medical planning, but also goal-setting assistance and special support for the patient’s family. Recently, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation named our program a “Palliative Care Leadership Center” — one of only six in the nation.
Source: Froedtert Today
Date: November 2004