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MEDICAL PROFILES


CAROL R. GUTHRIE, M.D.


DR. CAROL GUTHRIE, founder and director of the Spokane Breast Center, provides women in the Inland Northwest with the highest quality comprehensive and individualized breast cancer treatment. Dr. Guthrie is a fellowship trained, board certified surgeon who has dedicated her practice to breast cancer surgery since 2001. Dr. Guthrie and the Spokane Breast Center strive to provide patients with state of the art breast cancer care, with an emphasis on breast conservation. Diagnosing and treating breast cancer can be very complex. Te best possible outcomes are achieved when the patient actively par- ticipates in her care and when a multidisciplinary approach is used. Dr. Guthrie discusses each newly diagnosed patient at Providence Cancer Center’s weekly Breast Conference. Attending these confer- ences are representatives from medical oncology, radiation oncol- ogy, pathology, radiology, plastic surgery, genetic counseling as well as a breast cancer care coordinator.


It’s like getting a behind the


scene second opinion from every specialty that may be involved in a patient’s care. Te end result is a highly individualized treatment plan for each patient. Evidence has shown that when this multidis- ciplinary approach is used, patient outcomes are improved. Te Spokane Breast Center offers patients a perfect mix, says Dr. Guth- rie, “Patients receive the same excellent care they would get at an academic medical center without having to leave Spokane or give up personalized care.” Being confronted with a potential diagnosis of breast cancer can


be overwhelming. Dr. Guthrie understands the stress and confu- sion that her patients are experiencing and she minimizes this by listening, educating and discussing the situation with each patient. Te Spokane Breast Center has been referred to as a “boutique


practice” because of its small size and personalized attention. Dr. Guthrie consults with each patient individually and is able to coor- dinate and direct all elements of the diagnosis and treatment plan. Dr. Guthrie’s small, dedicated staff is committed to giving patients the individual attention they deserve. Te staff recognizes the stress women are under when facing the possibility of a breast cancer diagnosis and is committed to getting patients seen with minimal delays. Te setting at the Spokane Breast Center is professional, yet friendly and relaxed. In addition to consulting with Dr. Guthrie , each patient meets


with Sherri Calhoun, RN, a certified Breast Cancer Patient Naviga- tor at Providence who helps each patient throughout their cancer journey. She does so by providing education and support, touch- ing base frequently to help patients through their various stages of treatment. An American Cancer Society Resource Navigator is also available to help with financial concerns, transportation issues, and lodging when needed. “Our goal is to make the entire diagnosis and treatment process an easier journey for patients” says Dr. Guthrie. One patient cap- tured the sentiments of many patients seen at the Spokane Breast Center when she said, “I was so scared and felt numb, but after see- ing Dr. Guthrie, I knew I was going to be okay.”


Spokane Breast Center 105 W 8th Ave # 122, Spokane, WA 99204 (509) 455-9550


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