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Breast care coordinators help patients navigate complexities following diagnosis
Imagine being informed that you have a suspicious lump in your breast, and you need a breast biopsy. Worries mount and, many times, patients feel they have to navigate through their care and treatment on their own. That's not the case at St. Luke's Hospital.

St. Luke's Cancer Center is proud to offer breast care coordinators, who work closely with a multidisciplinary team of experts in radiology, medical and radiation oncology and surgery to guide women on their journey. They offer valuable support and answer questions patients and their loved ones have during this very difficult time.

The breast care coordinators meet with patients during the initial phases of screening and possible cancer diagnosis. They are knowledgeable in multiple treatment options and learn the physical, psychological and social needs of patients and their families.

The goals of our breast care coordinators are:
  • Serve as an educator, advocate and guide
  • Provide emotional support for patients and families
  • Explain options and answer questions to help patients make informed decisions
  • Coordinate appointments at The Breast Center or with physician specialists as necessary
  • Serve as a liaison between the patient and her team of physicians
  • Help patients understand the diagnostic work-up and medical terminology
  • Provide patients access to educational and support resources
"There is nothing I enjoy more about my job than providing individualized guidance to women recently diagnosed with breast cancer," says Amy Schmerold, one of two breast care coordinators who work for St. Luke's Hospital. "I am able to follow women throughout every aspect of treatment, aiding in dispelling fear, linking them to important support resources and being a comfort and friend to patients and their families."

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