The Healthcare Foundation awarded SMH a grant to support its Breast Health Program which ensures that all qualifying individuals receive access to breast health care, including follow-up diagnostic tests such as mammograms, breast ultrasounds and breast biopsies and timely access to the surgery, treatment and care she needs. The grant works in multiple ways. For some, a patient has just 1 annual screening mammogram covered by a grant over a month time period. A low-income, uninsured breast cancer patient who applies for Medicaid on her own through the Department of Children and Families generally will not receive full Medicaid unless her cancer is stage 4. Most breast cancer diagnoses are not stage 4, so our success in obtaining full Medicaid for this population is significant.
Skip Navigation. We conduct bi-weekly breast care conferences attended by a multidisciplinary breast care team, including medical and radiation oncology, pathology, radiology and surgery where prospective breast cancer cases are discussed along with treatment, clinical trial and genetic testing options. Our breast care team also includes members from inpatient and outpatient treatment areas, dietary, physical rehabilitation including lymphedema specialists, case management, nurse navigators and mammography technologists, as well as other team members necessary for the full continuum of care of the breast cancer patient. Manatee Memorial is the first hospital in Manatee and Sarasota Counties to receive this accreditation. The Breast Cancer Support Group is for patients who are newly diagnosed, who are currently in treatment or have completed treatment.
Pamela Klein is calling the medicine a game changer. She said when someone is diagnosed with cancer, many doctors will recommend they immediately start chemotherapy or radiation. As she looked out to the canal behind her home, Klein remembered back to four years ago when her whole life quickly changed.