By Annette Brooks
Although we know one in eight women will have invasive breast cancer at some point in her life, most of us are eternal optimists. We believe we’re not going to be the “one” in this statistic. Yet when you’re diagnosed with breast cancer, it doesn’t mean optimism is lost — it can blossom. Michele Diaz, a community leader, wife, busy mother of three boys, and breast cancer patient, found herself embracing positivity in a new and profoundly meaningful way after her diagnosis.
“So many incredible strides have been made in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, even over the last few years. My outlook is that this is something I’m going through, and I’m focused on a positive outcome. It’s not a death sentence,” Michele says.
Knowing she’s in the hands of experts at Medical City Lewisville bolsters Michele’s peace of mind. “I knew I’d receive great care at Medical City Lewisville. This gave me a deeper sense of comfort and confidence,” she shares. And great care it was and continues to be. Michele says she has been “treated like a queen” and has felt well-cared for every step of the way.
“The Medical City Lewisville team listens, asks questions, and answers yours. They are remarkably caring, humane, and compassionate, yet at the same time, honest and straightforward,” she says. By educating and communicating with Michele throughout her journey, fear of the unknown is removed, which further fuels her positive, can-do attitude.
“My advice to women facing breast cancer treatment is to read about what other women are saying and to find out what kind of questions they’re asking,” Michele says. She also found it helpful being paired with a couple who went through breast cancer for additional support — a service provided by Medical City Lewisville’s breast cancer patient navigator.
Michele gives everyone at Medical City Lewisville high marks, including her breast surgeon Dr. Melissa Kinney, and her reconstructive plastic surgeon, Dr. Bradley Hubbard. “I was undergoing a double mastectomy, so I knew I’d be altered, but that it was for the best outcome,” Michele says. “Dr. Kinney is phenomenal. She was reassuring and never rushed me.” Dr. Kinney exemplifies the caliber of the physicians affiliated with Medical City Lewisville.
Dr. Hubbard placed Michele’s extenders during the same surgery as her mastectomy. She will undergo breast reconstruction with him in the near future. “Dr. Hubbard is passionate about helping women who have gone through this feel whole again. Both he and Dr. Kinney helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
In addition to Michele’s message of strength and positivity, she offers this sage advice. “Don’t be afraid to talk about what you’re going through with others, especially family. I’ve found that talking with people and sharing my outlook helps them stay positive, too.”
Comprehensive, Patient-Centered Cancer Treatment and Support
It’s good to know top-notch cancer care and support is close to home at Medical City Lewisville. The last thing you want to hassle with when undergoing cancer treatment is a long drive just to get the care you need.
With a vast network of world-renowned specialists through Medical City Healthcare and the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute, Medical City Lewisville provides the latest treatments, comprehensive cancer services, and convenient access to leading-edge therapies for people facing cancer.
“Modern breast cancer surgery isn’t like the days of old,” says Dr. Melissa Kinney, a fellowship-trained breast surgeon who offers options such as hidden scar breast surgery to patients who are good candidates. “Our goal is to remove cancer, first and foremost, and to provide optimal cosmetic results.”
Dr. Kinney says there are several reasons she likes performing breast cancer surgery at Medical City Lewisville. “The quality of care is impressive, the nurses and support staff are caring, and the cancer care teams are consistent. This makes the process go smoothly for me and helps ensure a smooth patient experience, too.”
Locally Trusted Cancer Care with the Support of a Globally Recognized Network
Medical City Lewisville’s motto, “We Care Like Family,” is more than just words. Patients are treated like family while receiving the best care from top experts, from diagnosis to treatment and survivorship care. The physicians and nurses are highly trained in managing and recognizing the unique challenges cancer patients face and to provide individualized care in a compassionate and healing environment.
Solis Mammography at Medical City Lewisville
With the ongoing pandemic, it is more important than ever to stay current on routine check-ups and preventive care and to not delay necessary treatment. This includes essential screenings such as annual mammograms, which help detect breast cancer in its earliest phases when it is most treatable.
Partnering with Solis Mammography, Medical City Lewisville provides access to comprehensive breast imaging and screening services provided in a luxurious, spa-like setting. Solis Mammography is located in the Professional Building Tower on Medical City Lewisville’s campus as well as other North Texas locations. Make an appointment online at SolisMammo.com or call (972) 350-0078.
- Screening and diagnostic mammograms
- 2D and 3D mammograms
- SmartCurve technology reduces pinching and discomfort
- Ultrasound-guided and stereotactic breast biopsy
- Breast ultrasound
- Bone density scans
It’s good to know quality breast cancer care is close to home at Medical City Lewisville. Their team of experts is dedicated to helping you win in the fight against breast cancer.
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Lewisville, Texas 75057