BILLINGS – The onset of a potential breast cancer diagnosis begins under the watchful eyes of Dr Kalie Adler.
“I usually have a pretty good idea of, is this something we need to be concerned about or not,” said Adler, radiologist at St. Vincent Healthcare.
“I am really honest with the patients and if this is something we need to sort out with maybe a biopsy I tell them it could be cancer it looks suspicious if there is nothing to worry about , the patient can go home and have that weight lifted off their chest, ”Adler said.
Any woman diagnosed with breast cancer at St. Vincent Healthcare will know the name, voice and entwined arms of Ella Dugan-Laemmle.
“I meet the patient right from the biopsy, so they know me from the start, all the way through, and that helps,” said Dugan-Laemmle.
Helping women get through their battle with breast cancer is her life’s work.
“They go, how you do what you do, that must be depressing, and just because I look in the direction when I have a patient doesn’t mean that we found the disease. It means that I know the patient will receive care, that she will receive help and that she will be able to live, ”said Dugan-Laemmle.
Helping women to live is also the mission of medical oncologist Dr Patrick Cobb.
“Once a woman diagnosed with breast cancer comes to us, we develop a long-term relationship with these women, and that lasts for years,” said Dr. Cobb.
After more than 30 years in this business, time brings more hope.
“With advances in surgery and radiation therapy, especially chemotherapy, the prognosis for a woman diagnosed, even with fairly advanced breast cancer, is much better than it was long ago,” said Cobb said.
Certified clinical worker Cathy Bevier sees hope, as women take this unexpected turn.
“It seems like everybody’s life goes on and then you with a cancer diagnosis, your life stops, and it becomes your treatment, your treatment plan your visits and so I think looking at the hope that comes from the resilience of going through these things is very empowering, ”said Bevier.
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