OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

Peoria, Illinois

Newly Diagnosed Patients

You are not alone. We will be with you throughout your entire journey. Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is often an unexpected and unknown journey. Knowledge is power and we will help you understand your body and the cancer and together work toward the very best outcomes.

Breast Health Navigators

At the time of a cancer diagnosis, patients are paired with their breast health navigator. The navigator is a registered nurse who guides patients through every step of diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Navigators find the hardest time for the newly diagnosed patients is waiting for their treatment plan to be developed. Having the team approach with all of the specialists easily accessed streamlines the process. The first day of diagnosis can be mentally OSF Saint Francis Centers for Breast Health staff members are very sensitive to the emotional time surrounding breast cancer testing.

Our radiology team is on-site and will be able to have results immediately following an ultrasound, other tests will take more time to get the results. The radiologist can then meet with the patient and explain the outcome, whether that be cancerous or non-cancerous. Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis can be emotional and exhausting, but by the time the patient leaves the center, they usually feel better because the patient and navigator have worked together to plot out their plan of action. Patients feel more of a sense of control knowing their next steps in overcoming the disease. All of this is possible because of the role of the breast health navigator and our team approach.

Steps Following Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

  1. The Radiologist and Breast Health Navigator (BHN) will sit down with the patient to discuss the diagnosis.

  2. The navigator will work with the referring physician to initiate appropriate referrals and any additional testing that may be recommended.

  3. The patient will be given a breast cancer educational packet that includes information about the disease, treatment, supportive services and additional resources.

  4. The navigator will continue to be a resource during the breast cancer journey for the patient and their family/support system.

  5. Support at the center continues to be available through support groups and events for years to come.

Whether you need help understanding the disease, making treatment decisions, dealing with day-to-day challenges of living with cancer, or finding emotional support, we are here for you. Your Centers for Breast Health Team