Breast Care at OMC

We offer a full range of breast care services and expertise, starting with our primary care doctors. Our services include 3D mammography, skilled surgeons and oncologists and a Cancer Resource Center.

Breast Health Nurse Navigators

We have compassionate and highly skilled nurse navigators to help ensure your experience is as seamless as possible. The nurse navigator will assist you with all stages of cancer care, from screening and diagnosis to treatment and survivorship.

An Incredible Journey - From Beating Breast Cancer to Climbing Mount Everest

An Incredible Journey - From Beating Breast Cancer to Climbing Mount Everest

Three weeks before getting married, most brides
 are stressing over final dress fittings, making final
 arrangements with the caterer and excitedly counting
 down the days before they say ‘I do.' For Olathe resident
 Kelly Long, the weeks before her wedding were spent in
 doctors' offices and the hospital, dealing with the news of a 
breast cancer diagnosis at age 31.

Kelly's gynecologist, Dr. Gina Petelin with Olathe 
Women's Center, first noticed the lump in one of her breasts 
during a routine well-woman exam in April 2014. Dr. Petelin
 ordered a mammogram, ultrasound and needle biopsy.

Kelly was out of town, traveling for her job when 
surgeon Dr. Craig Anderson with Midwest Surgical
 Associates called to deliver the news - the biopsy
 confirmed the lump in her breast was cancerous.

"My first thought was, ‘I don't have time for this - I'm
 getting married in three weeks!'" laughed Kelly. "In fact, I
 went back to work after the call. It took a little while for the
 news to sink in."

Kelly returned to Olathe Medical Center (OMC) the
 next day and was tested for mutations to the cancer genes
 BRCA1 and BRCA2. Mutations to either breast cancer gene
 significantly increase a person's risk of breast and ovarian
 cancer. Kelly's results came back positive for the BRCA2
 mutation. That result combined with a family history of
 breast cancer led Kelly and her medical team to choose to 
fight the disease with a bilateral mastectomy (removal of 
both breasts), followed by chemotherapy and radiation.

But first, Kelly married her husband Jesse in a special
 destination wedding at the Grand Canyon, followed by a
 honeymoon in the Southwest.

Eight days later, Dr. Anderson performed Kelly's bilateral
 mastectomy at OMC. Immediately following, Kelly had 
breast reconstruction surgery by Dr. Bradley Storm with
 Premier Plastic Surgery.

Kelly did well through surgery, and headed home to 
recover the next day. Because chemotherapy can cause 
infertility, her doctors suggested In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
 as an option to fertilize some of Kelly's eggs and freeze
 them for a time when she and her husband may want to 
start a family. Dr. Dan Gehlbach from Midwest Reproductive
 Center performed IVF for the young couple at OMC.

"Since first getting my diagnosis, the possibility of
 infertility was something I thought about every day," Kelly
 said. "I'm glad my doctors were thinking about it too, and
 made sure that having a family is still an option for us
 someday."

Kelly began six rounds of chemotherapy in August 2014,
 followed by radiation later that year. Dr. Larry R. Corum with Olathe Cancer Care and Dr. Kelly L. Rhodes-Stark with the Radiation Oncology Center joined Kelly's growing team of
 doctors coordinating her care at OMC.

Throughout her treatment, Kelly came to depend on the 
friendships she formed with her care team.

In January 2015, Kelly heard the words she was waiting for:
 no more evidence of cancer. Though she officially graduated
 from her cancer treatment at that time, her doctors are still 
following her closely. Because she carries the BRCA gene 
mutation, she is still at a high risk for developing ovarian 
cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight 
women will get breast cancer in their lifetime. Approximately 
seven percent of women with breast cancer are diagnosed
 before the age of 40 years, and the disease accounts for more
 than 40 percent of all cancer in women in this age group.

"Being young doesn't mean you're not at risk," Kelly said. 
"All women need to realize this disease can happen to them,
 and they need to know their bodies and get regular well woman 
and clinical breast exams."

In April of this year, Kelly marked her second anniversary
of her breast cancer diagnosis by climbing to the base camp
 of Mount Everest in Nepal with five other young breast cancer
 survivors. Kelly has also become an education ambassador
 for the organization Bright Pink, an organization focused on
 prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in 
young women.