Brown was surprised by the number of decisions she made about treatment. When she received the diagnosis, she assumed physicians would dictate the process. However, she discovered that her physicians presented her with facts, statistics, success rates and potential side effects, allowing Brown to come to a decision about which treatments to undergo.
“It is very important to include the patient in the decision-making process and ensure she understands why we recommend certain treatments,” said Tidelands Health oncologist Dr. Catie Burbage, a member of the team that cared for Brown. “Tracy’s case is an excellent example the way we incorporate information from genetic testing, pathology reports and cancer stage to individually tailor the best treatment plan for each patient.”
After her diagnosis, Brown sought a second opinion at a cancer center in Texas. She learned that her clinical team at Tidelands Health was providing the care she needed.
“Going to Dallas confirmed that my physicians at Tidelands were brilliant,” Brown says. “All the treatment options available in Dallas, Tidelands also had available.”
Patients of the Tidelands Health Cancer Care Network, the region’s most comprehensive provider of cancer care, benefit from a multi-disciplinary team that meets regularly to discuss a patient’s treatment plan. Care is provided at locations in Murrells Inlet, the Tidelands Health Francis B. Ford Cancer Treatment Center in Georgetown and a location on 21st Avenue in Myrtle Beach.
Ultimately, Brown opted to have her ovaries removed following her cancer treatment so the hormones that fueled the growth of her breast cancer would no longer be present in her body.