Compass Oncology Breast Specialists
A Team Approach To Breast Cancer Treatment
Compass Breast Specialists is a leading resource for breast cancer patients in the Portland and Vancouver metro area. We provide a collaborative, holistic approach to care delivered by a comprehensive treatment team of leading specialists in breast surgical oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, diagnostics, pathology, and genetic risk evaluation.
Breast cancer treatment is complex and often requires a combination of targeted therapies for the best outcome. Access to our multi-disciplinary team of cancer care experts from the time of diagnosis leads to optimal communication and a more personalized, cohesive treatment plan. Women know what to expect throughout their care and are empowered with the knowledge they need to fully participate in choosing the course of treatment that best fits their needs.
When Should You See a Complex Breast Specialist?
If you've been diagnosed with breast cancer, your cancer care team will determine if a complex breast specialist is needed for your treatment plan. If you’ve participated in cancer genetic testing and have been told you have an increased risk for developing breast cancer, regular follow-up with a breast cancer specialist is essential and the first step to risk reduction strategies and active monitoring. Compass Oncology’s Complex Breast Clinic was founded to provide focused care for patients with inherited gene mutations and other complex breast issues including:
- Dense breast tissue is shown on imaging
- A lump you can feel that doesn’t show up on imaging
- Nipple discharge
- Inflammatory lesions
- Atypia (an accumulation of abnormal cells in the breast which increases the risk of developing cancer)
- Adenosis (enlarged breast lobules with more glands than usual)
To schedule an appointment at the Compass Complex Breast Clinic, please call 503.297.7403 in Portland or 360.944.9889 in Vancouver.
Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator
Our breast cancer nurse navigator provides guidance from diagnosis through treatment and works with oncology nurses, social workers, and patient benefit representatives to complement the physician team. The nurse navigator serves as a care coordinator, assessing the needs of our patients in order to develop an individualized education plan, coordinate community resources, and provide support where needed. This greatly improves the patient experience and lessens the stress of treatment.
Compass Breast Specialists is a leading resource in the Portland and Vancouver metro area for women seeking a second opinion prior to surgery or adjuvant therapies. Many women find it particularly helpful to have access to a consultation with a medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, and a breast surgeon prior to making a final decision on a treatment plan.
Complex Breast Clinic
Women at high risk for breast cancer require the ongoing, focused expertise of specialists to best monitor and screen for the disease. The Compass Breast Specialists Complex Breast Clinic is an ideal resource for patients in this category. Our experts also treat benign breast disease.
Compass Breast Cancer Specialists Team:
Complex Breast Nurse Practitioner:
Susan Zaretsky, FNP-C
To schedule an appointment, please call 503.528.5343.