We understand the worry and confusion that comes with a diagnosis of breast cancer. In addition to comprehensive, superior medical care, Roswell Park provides a holistic range of services to help you cope with the physical, emotional, practical and day-to-day concerns related to your illness, treatment and lifelong wellness. These services are available to all Roswell Park patients, but are particularly helpful to those with breast cancer.
All Roswell Park patients who undergo breast surgery will meet with a physical therapist as part of their immediate post-surgery treatment to learn about precautions and exercises for self-care and lymphedema prevention. Later, breast cancer patients resume physical therapy to rebuild strength and restore shoulder mobility and function. Rehabilitation Services are located on the Ground Floor of Roswell Park’s Main Hospital.
This free program helps patients and survivors deal with appearance-related side effects of their cancer treatment, and offers skin, hair and nail care tips, make-up techniques and demonstrations for wig, scarf, hat and turban styling.
Lymphedema is a condition that sometimes occurs after cancer surgery that removes several lymph nodes. Lymph fluid may build-up in that area of the body, causing swelling and discomfort. Breast cancer patients are at particular risk after breast surgery that also removes several lymph nodes from the nearby underarm. Our Lymphedema program care offers specialized treatment to reduce swelling and discomfort and prevent infection. This service is available to any cancer patient who experiences lymphedema, including patients who may have had cancer care elsewhere. Lymphedema care is provided through our Rehabilitation Services on the Ground Floor of Rowell Park’s Main Hospital. To seek lymphedema care here, talk to your Roswell Park care team, or call 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355).
This resource center, specifically for women affected by breast or gynecological cancers, provides a central location to find reliable information about cancer diagnosis, treatment, clinical trials and survivorship. The lending library features print and video resources — from medical textbooks, consumer guides, and survivor stories to storybooks and coloring books for the youngest family members. We also offer:
- Free wigs, scarves, and hats for patients coping with hair loss
- Connection to the Look Good Feel Better makeover programs sponsored by the American Cancer Society
- Skin care classes for chemotherapy patients
- Referrals for breast prosthesis and mastectomy undergarments
- Information on local breast cancer advocacy and support groups
- Assistance with accessing all the support services at Roswell Park and in our community
Location: Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center – 1st floor, Room P-102
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Patient Advocate Program
Patient Advocates act as a mediator, a connection between you and your health care team. They work with patients and staff to resolve concerns or complaints and to improve effective communication among patients, families, and the Roswell Park care team.
Patient Navigator Program
The Patient Navigator provides support for cancer patients, families and caregivers throughout diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Navigators provide face-to-face assistance right here at Roswell Park, and can connect you with Roswell Park resources and community agencies that can address any challenges you may face, such as financial issues, transportation and lodging needs, lack of medical information, or emotional support.