Barb Kruse, BSN, OCN, is the Multidisciplinary Clinic Nurse Navigator at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. Her job is to coordinate the multidisciplinary cancer teams that work together to create an individual treatment plan for each patient at the center. The teams of specialists that include physicians, nurses, social worker, dietician, chaplain and more work in concert to develop a plan tailored to the unique physical, mental, psychological and family needs for optimal health. Barb works with newly diagnosed cancer patients, too. Patients like Kim Adams, 38, diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in April 2012.
Every day, more advancements, discoveries, and technologies are changing the horizon of cancer treatment and research. And, as always, the James Graham Brown Cancer Center will be at the forefront of these changes, helping deliver the highest caliber of care to our patients and the entire Bluegrass region.
The spirit that Asia brings to the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, despite her difficult diagnosis with Stage 4 cancer, inspires the staff as well as other patients. Our skilled team of diverse cancer specialists uses a unique, multidisciplinary approach to determine the best treatment for each individual patient. "I am a person and a friend to them. I'm that person that they care about and that the researchers and the doctors and the nurses are doing everything possible to make me well and to make my experience great and for that I am truly grateful."
WHAT: The 2014 Cancer Survivor Celebration, hosted by the Kentucky Cancer Program and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville. This annual celebration held on the Thursday before the Kentucky Derby honors the inspiring spirit and champion courage of those who fight cancer, and the clinicians and researchers who are with them every step of the way. It is a day for those who embody strength and hope for a future that is cancer-free.
In the last decade, we have become a nationally recognized leader in cancer treatment and research. Our rapid growth has produced many exciting breakthroughs in cancer treatment, including twenty-seven new cancer drugs or targets. Even though we're well on our way to becoming the preeminent cancer center in the nation, we hold true to what has gotten us this far: our dedication to continuous improvement.