Purpose of Program
The Joan Katz Cancer Resource Center offers comprehensive and compassionate oncology services on one campus to better serve men and women diagnosed with cancer in Tarrant County and surrounding areas.
The Joan Katz Cancer Resource Center, an extension of Paul and Judy Andrews Women’s Hospital at Baylor Scott & White – Fort Worth, provides comprehensive services on one campus available to all patients regardless of where they receive their direct medical services.
From diagnosis to survivorship, patients may come to The Joan Katz Cancer Resource Center for the following services:
- Patient Navigation
- Genetic Testing
- Patient Support Groups
- Nutritional and Wellness Support
- Survivor Gals Boutique
Multidisciplinary Cancer Conferences
One of the major goals of The Joan Katz Cancer Resource Center is to improve the care currently received by cancer patients. For example, the Center conducts various Multidisciplinary Cancer Conferences regularly to review complex and recurring cancer cases, to plan a treatment course in a prospective manner and to discuss any case that is requested by a patient or requires multispecialty input.
- Participants include physicians who have special interest and expertise in treating patients with cancer
- Treating physicians are asked to participate in monitoring the outcome of their patients and to provide data to the National Tumor Registry
- Participants include medical oncologists, plastic surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, psychologists, genetic counselors, oncology nurses, patient navigators and social workers
The nurse navigator is the cornerstone of The Joan Katz Cancer Resource Center. Nurse navigators partner with patients and families during the course of diagnosis, treatment and healing by becoming an advocate, guide and facilitator. Because the treatment of cancer requires the interaction of multiple specialties, Joan Katz Cancer Resource Center provides a coordinated, integrated and compassionate approach to each patient’s treatment.
A Certified Navigator – Advocate (Lay Navigator) is a non-clinical staff member who is also a cancer survivor. She provides one-on-one guidance and assistance to individuals as they move through the healthcare continuum. Emotional support for patients and their families from someone who has “walked the walk” is another key role of the Lay Navigator. She is often called the chief hand holder, anxiety reducer and purveyor of hugs and hope.
An informed patient is a prepared patient. There are different types of cancer and the more educated a patient is, the better her decision making process will be. The Joan Katz Cancer Resource Center has a well-stocked video and literature library, computer stations for appropriate websites and ongoing educational classes.
The Joan Katz Cancer Resource Center Navigators provide one-on-one education with patients and their families throughout their treatment journey.
Factors such as family history, personal history, age and reproductive history impact the risk for certain cancers. Laboratory analysis of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes that contribute to breast and other types of cancer add to the resources used by professionals.
The Hereditary Cancer Risk Program provides genetic counseling, review of family and personal history and genetic testing (if appropriate). A written summary of cancer risk is provided and includes interpretation of genetic testing results with options for cancer risk management and guidelines for continued monitoring.
The Joan Katz Cancer Resource Center works with Baylor Scott & White Health in addressing the needs of men and women who desire genetic counseling/testing.
According to researchers, people who attended cancer support groups showed improvement by reporting lower levels of stress and anxiety and improved feelings of support.
Support groups to strengthen body, mind and emotions will be available and offered in a room designed for comfort, privacy and open discussion.
S.H.I.N.E. On! is an innovative wellness program for cancer survivors and patients on their journey toward survivorship while they are undergoing treatment – whether it’s surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or any other form of care. The program is highly individualized and coordinated to boost the healing process and enrich the lives of patients in treatment or who have survived cancer. It includes:
- Emotional support
- Fitness and exercise programs
- Art therapy and education
Participants can choose which events they wish to attend. All events are hosted by experts from across Baylor Scott & White Health – North Texas, including registered dietitians, fitness specialists, nurses and others.
Survivor Gals Boutique
The Survivor Gals Boutique is a special boutique available to help cancer patients look and feel better during cancer treatment. Survivor Gals offers products and services that minimize the appearance-related effects of cancer therapy including:
- Hair alternatives, wig selections.
- Hats, scarves, head wraps
- Compression garments
- Mastectomy and fashion bras, swimsuits, specialized clothing
- Breast prostheses
- Vitamins and nutritional products
- Sun-protective clothing
- Gift items
- A certified fitter available to help meet any special needs
- Medicare assignment is accepted
Demonstrating a Firm Commitment to Our Patients Through Full Accreditation
Baylor Scott & White – Fort Worth has received the Commission on Cancer accreditation from the American College of Surgeons. The program sets quality of care standards for cancer programs and reviews programs to ensure they conform to their high standards.
The Joan Katz Cancer Resource Center at Baylor Scott & White – Fort Worth has been granted a three year/Full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.
Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement. A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in the battle against breast disease.
For more information about services offered at The Joan Katz Cancer Resource Center, call 817.922.2223.