October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month—a health campaign that aims to shine a spotlight on the impact of breast cancer and the importance of early detection and prevention as well as to encourage women to be proactive about their breast health.
At Intercoastal Medical Group, we are highly dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of the women in our communities. As part of our commitment, we aim to provide useful information to help women with breast cancer make the wisest decisions about their health care.
If you’ve just received a breast cancer diagnosis, we’re sharing a list of the essential factors to consider when finding the right cancer treatment center to help you streamline your search and make the entire decision-making process a lot easier.
The Center’s Credentials
There are professional medical organizations or consortia that have made it their mission to evaluate hospitals and cancer centers to ensure that they meet the specific cancer care standards and guidelines.
When choosing an oncology center, verify that the facility holds accreditation from any of the following organizations:
- American College of Radiology
- American College of Surgeons- Commission on Cancer
- National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancer
Your treatment may require that you see your care team several times a week, so you will not want to choose a facility that requires a two-hour trip. Try to find a good one close by; it is beneficial especially if you have mobility or transportation issues.
Convenient Access to Essential Services
When searching for cancer treatment centers, also make sure to verify whether the center offers services in a convenient location or, if possible, under one roof.
Fatigue is a common side effect of cancer treatment. It helps to find a treatment center that allows for easy access to all the services you might need, such as cancer immunotherapy, pharmacy services, and radiation therapy; all services offered in Sarasota, Florida, near Intercoastal’s Hematology & Oncology office.
Cancer Treatment Center in Sarasota, FL
Through our oncology services here at Intercoastal Medical Group, we provide care and hope for patients living with various types of cancer, including breast cancer. Our multispecialty team includes two highly qualified hematologist-oncologists— Dr. Penny Heinrich and Dr. Andrew Marple—who have helped scores of women in Sarasota and neighboring areas achieve complete remission or even win their battle against breast cancer.
To see Dr. Heinrich or Dr. Marple, please ask your primary care physician for a referral. If you don’t have one, we have family physicians and internists on our team who can coordinate your care. Call us today at (941) 200-1125 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Heinrich or Dr. Marple. You may also fill out this secure form, and we will contact you as soon as possible.