Many women who have had breast cancer describe that one of the most difficult moments in dealing with the disease, was the moment of entering the day hospitalization ward, and not necessarily the moment when they received the news that the disease had been diagnosed in their body. This is why the room of Mia Lev, a nurse who coordinates a breast at the “Meir” medical center in Kfar Saba, is right at the entrance to the treatment department. “Most women who need some treatment go through me. I am the first one they see and meet. In fact, my room is where the recognition and understanding of the meaning of the disease and its treatment permeate and become a reality,” she explains.

A breast-coordinating nurse is the one who coordinates the entire treatment of diagnosed women, young and old, whose disease was discovered at an early stage or who are struggling with a widespread disease; Women who are before or after surgery, who need treatment with an infusion, injection or pills; Women who will continue from day care to work and care for their young children; And women who are in sheltered housing or nursing homes and need close care.

“I am there for everyone to wrap, accompany and support” (Mia Lev) | Photo: Shutterstock

Mia, 47, married and a mother of three, began her career as a nurse in an oncology ward 24 years ago, in New York. “I came to this by chance, when I finished my nursing studies and immediately realized that this is my place: to care for and respect people who are going through complex processes and the family members who accompany them,” she says. “When I immigrated to Israel, I continued to work in the Oncology Day Hospitalization Department, and I have been working at Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba for 14 years. A year ago we realized that we need to give women less formal support and that it is important to have a nurse in the ward.

The coordinator’s work connects the patients to many staff members, including nurses, oncologists, and social workers., secretariat ,Pharmacists and paramedical staff. The cooperation of all the teams is essential and significant in assisting patients.

As a coordinating nurse I have the time and options to treat each one according to her needs and help her cope with the situation. I look at the patient and not just the medical file. She needs social support – and if necessary, I will meet her with the department’s social worker. “

“In addition, in my room women are given all the explanations for how the treatment and follow-up of the disease will be conducted. Throughout the treatment period I continue to accompany them, answer questions and be available for them.”

A few weeks ago, Nurit (pseudonym) entered Mia’s room. “I immediately saw that she was frightened and desperate. Nurit received the previous treatments by infusion. Already in the previous treatment it was difficult to find a vein for her, and she suffered from pain as a result. Therefore, before receiving another infusion, she was apprehensive. Try and find a way to help them. In that case, the solution was to change the treatment to a subcutaneous injection. “

Another case is that of Leah (pseudonym), who, thanks to Mia’s alertness, decided to change her treatment. “Leah is taking medication in pills and therefore comes to the hospital only for follow-up tests and check-ups. When Leah entered the ward after several weeks of not meeting her, I realized something was wrong. I had a red light on. She had difficulty walking, I noticed she lost weight, and was pale. I went into the oncologist’s room and shared “In her condition, this is how we were able to identify the worsening of her condition in time and replace her treatment. The cooperation between the nursing staff and the oncologists is extremely important to help patients.”

These cases and many others make Mia feel at her peak and get a tremendous sense of satisfaction from her work as a breast-coordinating nurse. “The women I meet are apprehensive. Sometimes, when the doctor is not available, I am there for them. I am available to everyone and allow them to call, ask and consult. Many times these conversations save patients the precious waiting time to see the doctor. “I wish. There are strong women who know how to manage the disease themselves, and there are other women who need more support. I am there for all of them to wrap, accompany and support,” Mia concludes.

It should be emphasized that the choice of possible treatment is for the decision of the therapist who registers the prescription in consultation with the patient. The information As of November 2021. For more information, please contact the attending physician. Service To the public. Served under the auspices of Roche Pharmaceuticals (Israel) Ltd.

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