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Patient Centered Breast Cancer Care Using Technology

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation 4th annual patient navigation conference will be held at June 23, 2020. Our collaboration nurse Nancy Hacker, BSN, RN, OCN, CBCN, from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, will give a talk with topic “Patient-Centered Care & Technology Continues To Amaze Us!”
Patient-centered care is the practice of caring for patients (and their families) in ways that are meaningful and valuable to the individual patient.  It includes listening to, informing and involving patients in their care.

The IOM (Institute of Medicine) defines patient-centered care as: “Providing care that is respectful of, and responsive to, individual patient preferences, needs and values, and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions.” (1)
liyfe provides patient centered breast cancer care
Cancer care is complicated and highly situational. It requires a whole team (Medical Oncologist, Radiation Oncologist, Surgical Oncologist, nurse, patient navigator, therapist, dietitian, physiatrist, etc ) to coordinate with each other, work together in order to produce the best outcome.
However, there are many challenges, such as communication and patient compliance. Liyfe Clinic serves as the hub of each parties, facilitate the communication and patient education, the mission is to provide patient centered breast cancer care and produce the best outcome for each individual patient and patient family.
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Efficacy and Cost-Effectiveness of Breast Cancer Patient Navigation

At 2019 Susan G. Komen annual Patient Navigation Conference, Dr. Lily Tang, Associate Professor at Yale, CEO of Liyfe Clinic,  gave talk about “Sparing your heart from radiation — Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH) for left-sided breast cancer radiation therapy”. This presentation received a lot of positive feedbacks.
Dr. Lily Tang gave presentation at Susan G. Koman foundation
Dr. Lily Tang gave presentation at Susan G. Koman foundation
About 50% of patients with left-sided breast cancer will need whole breast Radiation Therapy. This means that heart is nearby and might get irradiated as well. Radiation induced cardiac disease is a proved clinical fact.
Dr. Lily Tang presents Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH)
Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH) is state-of-the-art technology to treat breast tissue while sparing the heart. Dr. Lily Tang is the first leading scientist who discovered this use case. She published paper at 2013, since then cancer centers in United States started to adopt this novel solution. Today, it has already become the standard treatment option in majority of the big cancer centers, and prevented tens of thousands of patients from radiation induced cardiac disease.