Specialties

  • Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Clinic

  • Why Is A Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic Important to Patients?

    The Littleton Adventist Hospital Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic is designed to help patients understand the cancer care process and get patients into breast cancer treatment quickly. Traditionally it can take patients up to eight weeks to complete the first round of appointments before they even start treatment, the multidisciplinary clinic saves valuable time.

    Expert Team - Appointments Conveniently Scheduled in One Afternoon

    Our multidisciplinary breast clinic allows patients to meet one-on-one with each member of our breast cancer team. This includes meeting with a surgeon, nurse navigator, nutritionist, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist and genetic counselor (if indicated). This allows the patient to leave the clinic with a proposed treatment plan, in hand, and the reassurance that coordinated, expert cancer care will be provided to them by our experienced breast cancer team.

    The Process

    Personalized Care:

    • Our Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator will personally call the patient to set up an appointment and confirm all necessary diagnostic tests have been completed


    Appointment Day:

    • Patient comes to hospital at their scheduled time and checks in at Outpatient Center
    • They will then meet with Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator and proceed to meet with each member of the multidisciplinary breast team, one-on-one, to discuss personalized treatment options
    • Final step is for the patient and team meet as a group and provide patient with a proposed treatment plan


    Follow-Up:

    • Nurse navigator assists patient every step of the way through treatment, chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. The nurse navigator will answer questions and help the patient when they need compassionate, expert cancer care.

    Physician Team

    Dr. Jodi Widner, Medical Director and Breast Surgeon at Littleton Hosptial in Colorado

    Jodi Widner, MD
    Medical Director and Breast Surgeon
    Dr. Jodi Widner is a Denver native who is board certified in general surgery. Her surgical interests include general surgery with a focus on diseases of the breast and innovative treatments for breast cancer.

    Dr. Radhika Acharya-Leon, Medical Oncologist at Littleton Hospital in Colorado

    Radhika Acharya-Leon, DO
    Medical Oncologist, Co-Director of Breast Center and Cancer Committee Chair
    Dr. Radhika Acharya-Leon is triple board certified in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine. She specializes in the treatment of breast cancer and is very interested in whole body care, nutrition and quality of life. She participated in clinical trials and research.

    Dr. Stan Smazel, Radiologist at Littleton Hospital in Colorado

    Stan Smazal, MD
    Radiologist
    Dr. Stan Smazal is board certified in diagnostic radiology with extensive experience in breast imaging techniques. He has been board certified by the American Board of Radiology since 1977 and provides valuable input and expertise in caring for breast cancer patients. Dr. Smazal is part of Radiology Imaging Associates.

    Dr. Darlene Bugoci, Medical Director of Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT) at Littleton Hospital in Colorado

    Darlene Bugoci, MD
    Medical Director of Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT)
    Dr. Darlene Bugoci is board certified in Radiation Oncology. She is experienced in the use of radiation therapy as part of breast cancer treatment. She has a special interest in research. As medical director for IORT at Littleton Adventist Hospital she shared a passion with colleagues to find innovative treatments for breast cancer patients.

    Support Team

    Lisa Mullineaux, Genetic Counselor at Littleton Hospital in Colorado

    Lisa Mullineaux, MS, CGC
    Genetic Counselor
    Lisa Mullineaux is a certified genetic counselor and has been practicing cancer genetic counseling for more than 18 years. She graduated from the University of Colorado genetics program with a master's degree in genetics. She has researched and published about heredity breast cancer in Spanish Americans from Southern Colorado.

    Ellen Buchannan, Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator at Littleton Hospital in Colorado

    Ellen Buchannan, RN, FNP, CBCN
    Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator
    Our Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator Ellen Buchannan, RN, FNP, CBCN is an invaluable resource to breast cancer patients, providing guidance in identifying needs - physical, emotional, spiritual and psychosocial - as well as offering advice pertaining to the disease process, physician options and health insurance details.


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