Guest Editorial: When it comes to breast health, you are your own best advocate | Columnists


If you need cancer care, Geisinger is here to support you with a multidisciplinary team of specialists that may include a combination of oncologists, radiologists, surgeons, geneticists, integrative medicine providers and behavioral health counselors — depending on your unique needs.

And when it comes to breast surgery, we keep your wishes and needs in mind and offer an array of services including surgery with hidden scars, techniques to keep a natural breast shape, breast reconstruction, clinical trials, innovative approaches to pain management and more.

Once treatments are over, cancer survivors get the support they need. Geisinger’s Cancer Survivorship Program coordinates care between your primary care provider and your cancer team. You can take advantage of behavioral and nutritional counseling and a range of complementary therapies such as yoga, Reiki, mindfulness and massage. Support groups meet regularly, because many survivors find that sharing their experiences with others who’ve been through it too can be an important step in healing mind, body and soul.

With breast cancer occurring in an estimated 1 in 8 women, it’s common to know or be related to someone faced with this unfortunate disease. The good news is you don’t have to face it alone.

And since early detection and treatment are the keys to better health, be your own best advocate. If you’ve got a question about breast cancer, don’t hesitate to ask. Whether it’s October or any other month of the year. My colleagues and I will be here for you if you need us.

Nicole Sharp Cottrell is a Breast Surgical Oncologist for Geisinger Medical Center.

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