Personalized breast cancer support
At Los Robles, we use a multidisciplinary team approach to give you the best breast cancer treatment. Our team consists of medical oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists and plastic/reconstructive surgeons who meet weekly to review all newly diagnosed breast cancer cases and to create the best treatment option for each patient.
We can take care of all of your breast health needs. For more information about our breast center treatment options, please contact us at the following phone numbers:
- To schedule a mammogram screening, call (805) 523-8062.
- For an appointment with a breast cancer specialist, call our Consult-A-Nurse® line at (877) 888-5746.
- For general breast cancer information, call our nurse navigator, Cathy Cole, NP, MPH, at (805) 370-4347.
Our program offers you the support of our dedicated breast care specialists that guide you every step of the way. Our specialists include a nurse navigator, palliative care nurse, lymphedema therapists and psychosocial support for the patient and family.
Breast cancer treatment options
Los Robles Regional Medical Center is proud to serve our patients with the best treatment for their breast health, such as:
- Imaging: As part of our services, we offer advanced imaging technologies for breast cancer detection, which include digital mammography, ultrasound, breast MRI and the most advanced biopsy techniques. In addition, our Los Robles Imaging Center offers 3-D mammography, a remarkable breakthrough in cancer screening and detection.
- Surgery: It is important to have a surgical team you can depend on to provide the latest state-of-the-art procedures, including microsurgical techniques by fellowship-trained physicians in reconstruction.
- Medical oncology: We offer the most current treatment regimens for breast cancer and clinical trial opportunities.
- Radiation oncology: Our services include a quality team approach and the latest in gamma knife expertise. The gamma knife is an essential tool in metastatic cases.
Our team of breast care specialists
What is a nurse navigator?
A nurse navigator is an essential member of our breast center team who provides ongoing guidance and support to cancer patients and their loved ones. Their role is to accompany the patient through every step of their cancer journey and provide them with information to make the best possible decision about treatment choices.
Cathy Cole plays a vital role to our Breast Cancer Program as our nurse navigator. Through her education and experience, she offers our patients knowledge and expertise that benefit them through their journey as a patient with us. Her academic interests include early detection strategies with breast imaging, clinical skill building in breast examination and community health outreach. She appears in the 6th edition of Who’s Who in American Nursing.
Cathy is certified in health education, clinical breast examination and nurse navigation. She is a member of the California Association of Nurse Practitioners, the American Public Health Association and the National Consortium of Breast Centers. She serves on the Boards of the American Cancer Society of the Silicon/Coastal Region, the Advisory Board of the Conejo Free Clinic and the National Consortium of Breast Centers where she also chairs the Clinical Breast Examination Committee. She was honored with other colleagues in receiving the 2012 NCBC Impact Award for the creation of educational videos in breast health for men and women. Cathy has authored a number of publications and delivered oral presentations around the country with regard to breast cancer, survivorship issues and breast center development.
Laura Zempel our Palliative Care Nurse expert is a great addition to the Breast Cancer Program team. In 1983, she received her ADN degree in Nursing from Pierce College and graduated in 2003 from CSUN, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. In order to further her education she received her Master’s degree in Social Work from USC in 2008 and in 2011, she received her National certification in Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing.
Laura worked as a cardiac nurse from 1983 to 2009, in CVICU (Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit) caring for open-heart surgery patients and all medical and surgical patients requiring intensive care. After getting her MSW, she worked per-diem as a medical social worker, while still working in CVICU as an RN. In 2009, she helped start the Palliative Care Program at Providence Tarzana Hospital, and joined Los Robles Regional Medical Center in 2012 as a key player in our Palliative Care Program.
Breast cancer support and community outreach
Los Robles Regional Medical Center actively seeks new ways to provide you with valuable resources to promote awareness and advance education. We are proud to collaborate with organizations in our community to provide year round lectures, outreach, collaboration to the communities we serve and breast cancer support to our patients.
Pink ribbon partners
Los Robles Regional Medical Center offers support for patients diagnosed with breast cancer through our Pink Ribbon Partner Volunteers. In order to be a Pink Ribbon Partner Volunteer, an individual must be a breast cancer survivor that has gone through the hospital’s orientation program as well as a special training with our Breast Center nurse navigator. After their training is complete, they are ready to be paired with a patient that is going through a similar experience. The support and relationships that are built through our program add comfort to our patients that extends beyond their hospital stay.
Look Good Feel Better®
American Cancer Society’s Look Good Feel Better® program is designed to help female cancer patients improve their appearance and self-image through beauty techniques that help manage the side effects that chemotherapy and radiation have on the skin. Monthly classes are led by a Certified Look Good...Feel Better Cosmetologist the second Monday of every month from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Los Robles Regional Medical Center, in Classroom 2. For further information, please visit our Calendar of Events or the American Cancer Society's Website.
Cancer Support Community
The Cancer Support Community is dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. As part of their services they offer a variety of resources, which include support groups, counseling, education and healthy lifestyle programs such as meditation and yoga. For further information, please visit the Cancer Support Community Website.
Lymphedema support group
If you or a loved one has lymphedema join us on the last Wednesday of every month, excluding December for our monthly support group. To make a reservation, call (805) 370-4001.