Shore Cancer Center Makes Strides Against Breast Cancer

October 08, 2015

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Shore Cancer Center is doing its part to draw attention to the disease, the most commonly occurring cancer in women.  In 2015, more than 234,000 women and men will be diagnosed with the disease.

The Cancer Center is proud to serve as the Boardwalk Sponsor of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, scheduled to take place Sunday, Oct. 18, on the Ocean City Boardwalk.  Funds raised from the walk will be used to assist in education, detection and treatment efforts.

“Countless lives in our community have been touched by a diagnosis of breast cancer,” says Joseph Johnston, MBA, Administrative Director of Oncology Services at Shore’s Cancer Center.  “At the Shore Cancer Center, we know we are caring for more than just a patient.  We are caring for mothers, sisters, daughters, grandmothers.  By participating in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, we are furthering our commitment to provide exceptional care to our friends and neighbors affected by this horrible disease.”

It is a testament to the strides made in detection and treatment of the disease that the vast majority of those diagnosed with breast cancer will undergo successful treatment.  Johnston says there are more reasons than ever before to be optimistic when confronted with a cancer diagnosis.

“Research and technology are advancing at such a rapid rate when it comes to the study, detection and treatment of cancer,” he says.  “There is more reason for hope than ever before, and we’re here to help you navigate every step from diagnosis through treatment.”

The Cancer Center at Shore Medical Center was conceived, designed and built specifically to support the special needs of cancer patients, their families and friends. It represents the new face of 21st century cancer care, featuring a comprehensive approach combining exceptional clinical treatment with patient comfort and convenience.  It is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC), an accrediting body that sets standards for cancer treatment and patient care. CoC accreditation is also the top factor the American Cancer Society recommends that patients look for when choosing a cancer center.

Due to its high volume, the cancer Center introduced an unprecedented weekly breast cancer conference where a team meets in person to review each patient’s case and treatment plan.  The team is made up of surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, a physical therapist, oncology nurses, a reconstructive surgeon, social worker, pharmacist and more who together review the cases of Shore’s breast cancer patients. This multidisciplinary team works together, comparing notes about prognosis and treatment plans and ensuring every detail of the patient’s unique circumstance is considered and communicated clearly. The weekly conferences help the team quickly develop the most effective treatment plan, with all involved players regularly providing input on a patient’s care throughout the entire process.
Add that patient-centered focus to Shore’s passionate team of physicians, nurses and staff, who are all dedicated to providing superior care, and you’ve got a special environment. 

“We build relationships not only with our patients but their loved ones,” Johnston says.  “They become a member of our extended family, and we take that responsibility very seriously.  Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a good time to draw attention to the work we do, but this is a calling we embrace every day.”

To join the Shore Cancer Center’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer team, click here.  For additional details, visit the Making Strides of Ocean City event page.