Hello! I am the Breast Health Navigator for EAMC. I have been a Registered Nurse for more than 30 years and have had the honor of working in the Cancer Center for more than 5 years. If you have any questions or issues about mammograms, diagnostic tests that have been ordered or just need an ear to listen, I am here for you. Please remember that “in fighting cancer, knowledge can make all the difference.” You can reach me at 334- 528-4370.Colleen Alsobrook, RN, BHN Breast Health Navigator
A diagnosis of breast cancer can be overwhelming. Our breast health navigator can help by providing education, support and helping coordinate appointments.Along with your physician and others on your healthcare team, the Breast Health Navigator’s role is to:
The Breast Health Navigator is the one person who patients can call about anything related to their diagnosis and is a primary point of contact throughout treatment.
The Boutique is located within the Cancer Center. It is a convenient place to purchase bras and camisoles and prostheses. Women who have had mastectomies or lumpectomies may be fitted for breast prostheses at the Boutique by our professionally trained and certified fitters. Many items are covered under Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance plans, and we will file for you. Boutique hours are by appointment - call 334-528-4370 or 334-741-7410.
Lymphedema is most common in women after breast cancer treatment, including radiation, simple mastectomy, lumpectomy or radical mastectomy with removal of lymph nodes. It may also affect women and men who have been treated for other forms of cancer or who have suffered trauma to the lymph system.
At EAMC, we offer a program of education and care through our Rehabilitation Services and RehabWorks to help you avoid lymphedema or keep it under control. For more information, call (334) 528-5828.
The Cancer Center of East Alabama hosts various support groups for those living with cancer and/or cancer survivors. In addition to those listed below, other groups may be available in the area. For more information, call 334-528-1076.
Bosom Buddies is for women with breast cancer or who are breast cancer survivors. It meets on the 1st Thursday of the month, Jan-May, at 6 p.m. at the EAMC Health Resource Center on Pepperell Parkway. For more information, call 334-528-4370.
Look Good….Feel Better is a free, non-medical, product-neutral program offered in partnership with the American Cancer Society, the National Cosmetology Association, and The Personal Care Products Council Foundation. Look Good…Feel Better is a free program that teaches beauty techniques to women cancer patients in active treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side-effects of cancer treatment. The sessions are held at the EAMC Health Resource Center on Pepperell Parkway.
The Cancer Center is involved in a number of breast cancer awareness activities and screenings in the community throughout the year. Cancer Center staff and physicians take the time to speak to community groups on breast cancer and other cancer-related topics, as well as participate in numerous health fairs throughout the year. Additionally, EAMC and the Cancer Center of East Alabama Medical Center are involved every year in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.
In October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we co-sponsor the annual “Think Pink” breast cancer walk, which raises funds to provide mammograms and breast cancer treatment for medically underserved women in our communities. The event, held in downtown Opelika, usually has several hundred participants. Throughout the month, the Cancer Center is involved in a number of breast cancer awareness activities in the community.
East Alabama Medical Center and the Cancer Center of East Alabama are committed to providing every woman with breast cancer screening, regardless of their ability to pay. Our free mammogram program is funded through community donations to the EAMC Foundation. The program benefits women in our communities with limited or no health insurance coverage, women who most likely would not receive this potentially life-saving screening test. For more information, visit the EAMC Foundation.