UT Southwestern Breast Screening and Patient Navigation

  • Published: October 08, 2012

The audience at Wise County Community Clinic had no clue what they were in for on May 31, 2012. UT Southwestern's Breast Screening and Patient Navigation program (BSPAN) had scheduled two speakers for a session on cancer prevention who, incidentally, had never met: Nikia Hammonds-Blakely, a breast cancer survivor, and Sara Pirzadeh, a genetics counselor. As Nikia told her story of being diagnosed at the age of 16, with a recurrence at 34, Sara immediately recognized the signs of a genetic case of breast cancer and began an impromptu consultation, probing Nikia for more information. When it was Sara's turn to present, Nikia chimed in on how Sara's points related to her own journey. Their collaboration throughout each presentation made for a much richer, more informative program. In addition, Nikia now has an appointment with Sara for genetic cancer screenings that were not available when she was originally diagnosed. Serendipity!

For more information on the UT Southwestern Breast Screening and Patient Navigation (BSPAN) program, please visit http://www.cprit.state.tx.us/files/funded-grants/PP100022.pdf.