The month of October (Breast Cancer awareness month) was noticeably swathed in pink, from Martha Stewart to the National Football League. The color even made its way into little league football, causing my 10 year-old to ask why every kid on the other team had on a bright pink armband. I had to explain to him that it was not an attempt at intimidating the opponent, but a way to help everyone be more aware of breast cancer.
If breast cancer is the opponent, then awareness is the first step at fighting it. Awareness encompasses not only knowledge about the disease, but being informed about treatment options and resources.
St. Mark’s Hospital offers a full range of treatment options. What this means for a new cancer patient is they can be treated at a facility accredited by the College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and a member of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC). A patient will receive state of the art, diagnostic services, treatment, and support services.
Some of the standard breast cancer treatment option categories available at St. Mark’s Hospital include:
- Radiation Therapy
- Hormone Therapy
- Targeted Therapy
In addition to the standard treatment options, St. Mark’s offers information on clinical trials. Each treatment category has several choices.
So many choices means patients receive customized treatment for their specific case. Breast cancer treatment no longer has to mean large amounts of radiation resulting in damage to healthy tissue. The good news is that treatment is constantly evolving, and an increasingly exact science gives patients more options.
So proudly wear your pink, even if you’re a 10-year old Pee-Wee, and rest assured knowing there’s a world class medical facility nearby committed to the fight against breast cancer.