Your Dollars, Making an Impact: Second Opinion Breast Cancer Clinic

Ever wonder how your donation dollars help? Where does the money go and who does it directly help? Komen Columbus has a proud tradition of partnering with many organizations to help men and women who are underserved and uninsured in our 30-county service area. This year alone, we granted nearly $2 million to support 34 programs in Central and Southeastern Ohio communities. This milestone moment would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors, Race participants and all those people who give to Komen Columbus. For the next 20 weeks, we will feature our grantees so you can see and read how your dollars are making an impact.

When a woman walks through the doors at OhioHealth’s Second Opinion Breast Cancer Clinic (SOC), she is likely armed with questions, filled with uncertainty and often looking for answers – in short, she’s looking for peace of mind. The Second Opinion Clinic is a comprehensive, multi-specialty breast cancer program offering education, support and treatment options for breast cancer patients after a diagnosis has been made.

“Our program provides a patient the rare opportunity to meet with a team of breast cancer specialists at one time to learn more about their treatment options in a single visit, instead of scheduling multiple specialist appointments,” said Pamela Rudmose, breast health nurse and multi-specialty Second Opinion Breast Cancer Clinic coordinator. “There is no other program like this in the country. Women come from across the country to take advantage of this free service.”

The team of specialists, consisting of a medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, fertility specialist, pathologist, radiologist, surgeon, plastic surgeon and genetics counselor, review the patient’s case and make recommendations for treatment. Rudmose believes that women, who receive a second opinion, feel empowered and confident about their personal treatment plan which reduces anxiety of the unknown.

To ensure each patient walks away with all her questions answered and with that much needed peace of mind, the clinic schedules three appointments every Wednesday. The team of specialists generously donates their time and expertise.

“The patients take as much time with the doctors as possible. There is no need to rush, there’s usually a lot of questions and there is a lot to cover,” said Rudmose.

Since the program’s inception 12 years ago, the Clinic has served nearly 1,000 women. The Second Opinion Clinic assists with costs, including ultrasounds, MRI’s, biopsies, CT’s and additional outpatient expenses.

“Women can utilize the Second Opinion Clinic at any point in the breast cancer continuum- pre-surgery, post-surgery, adjuvant therapy discussions, or recurrence of breast cancer. Physicians are encouraged to refer breast cancer patients and patients may self-refer,” said Leslie Steele, director of cancer services for OhioHealth.

The SOC serves woman both inside and outside the OhioHealth system.

Since Rudmose schedules the appointments and helps each woman through the SOC process, she sees firsthand the emotion and stress that can come with a breast cancer diagnosis.

“I see the women when they are done talking with our team of specialists. They are so grateful for this one-of-a-kind service,” said Rudmose, “Every woman affected by breast cancer deserves the chance to make the best treatment decision possible.

For a complete list of all our Komen Columbus grantees and the services and programs they provide, click here.

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