Pilot Program at Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion Brings Integrative Techniques to Breast Cancer Care for Pre-Menopausal Women
A new pilot program at Allegheny Health Network (AHN), funded by a $73,000 grant from local breast cancer advocacy organization Glimmer of Hope, aims to help younger women diagnosed with breast cancer with coordinated medical services and integrative medical modalities such as acupuncture, massage therapy and nutrition counseling.
The Integrated Breast Oncology Pilot for Pre-Menopausal Women, based at AHN’s Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion, is dedicated to enhancing quality of life for younger breast cancer patients and minimizing any stressors that may complicate their treatment and hinder recovery.
“Younger women diagnosed with breast cancer face an array of challenges unique to their age group,” Glimmer of Hope founder Diana Napper said. “Often they are mothers of young children, or busy launching their careers. As most breast cancers are diagnosed in women over age 50, a younger woman with breast cancer may feel very alone and lack peer support.”
“We at Glimmer of Hope are thrilled to launch this pilot program at AHN, providing younger breast cancer patients with care that addresses their unique needs through treatment and into survivorship,” Ms. Napper said.