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Breast Health Navigator

A diagnosis of breast cancer is life-changing. The journey is unique for each person and is often stressful with many uncertainties.

The Mary Washington Healthcare Regional Cancer Center offers a Breast Health Navigator Program to guide and support our breast cancer patients from diagnosis to treatment to survivorship.

Our Breast Health Navigator, Pamela Burton, RN, BSN, OCN, is a compassionate, experienced cancer care professional who provides personalized information and guidance for patients and their families throughout their cancer journey, including:

• Coordination of care between primary care physicians and oncology physicians to expedite office visits and diagnostic tests.
• Emotional support, including one-on-one time and connection to counseling services.
• Education and resource materials on breast health and breast cancer.
• Connection to resources for nutrition, rehabilitation, transportation, financial assistance and spiritual and emotional services.
• Education and access to clinical trials.
• Resources for family members.
• Effective communication between patients, providers and family members.
• Survivorship support.

You do not have to embark on your breast cancer journey alone.

In addition to the Breast Health Navigator, our Breast Care Program offers a comprehensive and caring team approach. Our expert cancer care professionals, including board-certified cancer care physicians, provide a network of supportive services including:

• Pre-operative breast cancer classes
• Lymphedema therapy
• Nutrition counseling
• Emotional and spiritual counseling
• Support groups
• Pain management
• Clinical trials
• Referrals to genetic counselors
• Quarterly survivorship symposiums

You do not have to embark on your breast cancer journey alone. Please call Pamela Burton at 540.741.1862 for more information or to make an appointment. Our services are confidential and without cost. For navigator services for cancers other than breast cancer, please contact Regina Kenner, RN at 540.741.1769.

The Mary Washington Regional Cancer Center is committed to providing excellence in cancer care close to home. Our cancer program has been recognized for excellence by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons and awarded approval with commendation status. Mary Washing Hospital is the only accredited breast cancer program in the region, and among a select number nationwide, recognized by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.
Mary Washington Healthcare is excited to announce our very first Breast Cancer Walk – The Power of Pink, occurring on October 22, 2011. For more information and to register, please visit


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Pouches' Community Corner

This month Pouches learned about a very important resource for families who have lost loved ones to sudden tragedy, an organization called LLOST.

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The foundation has helped 44 hospitals in 22 states through their Treasured Memories program. The program sends nurses to bereavement training, and provides or supplements the $55 memory boxes that include clothes, booties, handknot blankets, pictures, foot prints, hand prints, clipped hair and other mementos.