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August 31 2016
 

Advancements in breast cancer care blend compassion, expertise and treatment

Health care providers have made great strides in making women and men aware of the steps they need to take to help detect breast cancer at its earliest stages. An equal measure of awareness is being paid to advancements in treating breast cancer, helping to ease the concerns of newly diagnosed patients.

As with any serious illness, a diagnosis of breast cancer is accompanied by fear and uncertainty. As a breast surgeon, Kelli Pettit, MD, seeks to offer reassurance and support to her patients. While she is a fellowship-trained breast surgeon and medical director of breast surgical services for ProHealth Care, she was also diagnosed with breast cancer more than five years ago.

“It’s important for patients to know that most women and men can be successfully treated for breast cancer,” Dr. Pettit said. “They can survive and thrive.”

There is no single best practice for the treatment of breast cancer, Dr. Pettit said, as a number of treatment options exist. Health care providers develop a personalized plan of care based on an individual’s diagnosis, family medical history, body composition, lifestyle and preferences.

“A surgeon’s number one priority is to make sure that the cancer is removed and that the patient has the best possible outcome for being cancer-free for the long term,” Dr. Pettit explained. “It’s also essential to help minimize the patient’s pain, address cosmetic concerns and maximize recovery and vitality.”

To learn more, visit ProHealthCare.org/BreastHealth.

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For more than a century, ProHealth Care has been the health care leader in Waukesha County and surrounding areas, providing outstanding care across a full spectrum of services. The people of ProHealth Care strive to continuously improve the health and well-being of the community by combining skill, compassion and innovation. The ProHealth family includes ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital, ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, ProHealth Rehabilitation Hospital of Wisconsin, ProHealth Medical Group, the UW Cancer Center at ProHealth Care, Moreland Surgery Center, ProHealth AngelsGrace Hospice, ProHealth Home Care, ProHealth West Wood Health & Fitness Center and ProHealth Regency Senior Communities. Learn more at ProHealthCare.org.