Breast Cancer Care Conference
Being newly diagnosed with breast cancer is a stressful scary moment.
The Washington Women's Center in cooperation with your physician wishes
to support you and your family during this stressful time by providing
educational opportunities about your diagnosis. The
Breast Cancer Care Conference is a learning opportunity for you and your family that compliments your
regular doctor visits and treatments.
Comprehensive Breast Care
We provide the diagnostic tools to give your doctors the data they need
to make a diagnosis. Then working as a "team" with your doctors,
we give you the information, education and support you and your family need.
Free Breast Self Exam Instruction
Do you know how to check your breasts each month? Would you like to learn?
Meet with our nurse educator and learn how to do self breast exam. You
will watch a short video and then practice with a breast model. By appointment
only. Please allow 20 - 30 minutes.
Location: Washington Women's Center
1st Floor, Washington West, suite 150
2500 Mowry Ave., Fremont, CA
Call (510) 608-1356 to reserve an appointment or email: Laura_Constantine@whhs.com
Breast Tumor Board
Our Breast Tumor Board provides your physicians a time to discuss your
results from each specialty's expertise, thus offering you treatment
options based on an interdisplinary approach. Specialty participation
includes radiologists, pathologists, surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation
oncologists, primary physicians, gynecologists and plastic surgeons.
Genetic Counseling, Testing and Risk Assessment
The Washington Cancer Genetics Program is a collaboration between Washington
Hospital and UCSF Medical Medical Center. The program offers genetic counseling
for individuals concerned with the risk of an inherited cancer predisposition.
The clinic staff includes genetic counselors, medical oncologists and
No one wants to hear that they need breast surgery. For women who need
a mastectomy or partial mastectomy, there are several options for what
can be done to recreate shape in the modified area(s). Working together
to deliver the latest surgical techniques, our surgeons and plastic surgeons
offer many surgical options for breast cancer surgery. Reconstructive
surgery encompasses various procedures. The National Cancer Institute
(NCI) suggests that you consult with a plastic surgeon before your mastectomy,
even if reconstruction will be considered later on. The optimal time for
this surgery is at the same time as your mastectomy. Your plastic surgeon
is able to form a breast mound by using an implant or by using tissues
from another part of the body.
The Radiation Oncology Center (ROC) offers patients access to leading
edge treatment planning and treatment delivery systems offering the latest
advances in radiation therapy.
These resources allow the ROC to develop treatment plans based on three-dimensional
images of the tumor and surrounding tissue. A dose of radiation can then
be prescribed and delivered with multidirectional beams that not only
improve the accuracy and effectiveness of the treatment, but also limit
the dose and minimize injury to the surrounding tissues.
Click on this link to learn more about the Radiation Oncology Center.
We offer many options to obtain the
support you need as a woman when given the diagnosis of cancer.
Reach to Recovery Volunteers
Women who have experienced breast cancer visit, inform, and support new
breast cancer patients. Talking with a Reach to Recovery volunteer, who
has fully adjusted to her breast cancer surgery and treatment experience
can offer comfort and give you an opportunity to express feelings, verbalize
fears, concerns and ask questions from an impartial and objective person.
These volunteers work closely with the Washington Women's Center coordinator
and have been specially trained by the American Cancer Society. We try
to "match" you with a woman of similar age and diagnosis. There
are many ways to access this support. You can ask any doctor on your team,
the Women's Center coordinator or contact the American Cancer Society.
All referral information is private and confidential.
Breast Cancer Support Group
Our Breast Cancer Support Group Is an informal group of women meeting
to discuss living with breast cancer. Peer-to-peer support with periodic
guest speakers covers the full range of information you may need.
Look Good Feel Better
Cancer treatments often cause changes in the condition of women's
skin and hair. Our Look Good … Feel Better® staff of cosmetologists
work with you, one-on-one, to address the personal changes you are experiencing.
Join us for this opportunity to receive free products and advice in a
supportive and pampering environment. You can look good and feel better!
Sponsored by the American Cancer Society; you must call (800) 227-2345
to reserve your space.
Follow this link to the American Cancer Society website for more information.
Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Series
This series offers women and their families' straightforward facts
about many topics related to breast cancer. Topics include pre- and postoperative
care, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, nutritional concerns, stress reduction,
spirituality and the art of journaling. Each subject is offered on a rotational
basis so a class is always available without lengthy waiting time. Call
(510) 608-1356 to speak with the Women's Center coordinator to obtain
more information and schedules.
Bras for Body and Soul
This is a specialty shop for women, with bra sizes for every woman, sizes
AA to N. Women of every size shape and circumstance can benefit from the
shop's services, which cater to women who have undergone breast surgery,
as well as those who are just seeking a comfortable fit. The shop provides
swimsuits, prostheses, wigs, hats and scarves.
Personal fittings are available for your privacy and convenience. Breast
health seminars are held to foster understanding among health professionals,
women's groups and others about breast care, as well as the proper
fitting of bras and prostheses.
To learn more, call (510) 790-1911 or visit the HERS Breast Cancer Foundation
hersbreastcancerfoundation.org. The shop is located at 2500 Mowry Ave., suite 130, Fremont, CA.