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Methodist Sugar Land Hospital - Breast Center Team now includes a Breast Care Navigator

Sugar Land, TX - 2/6/2012

The Breast Center at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital (MSLH) welcomes Maria Socci, RN, to our Breast Care Team. Maria will serve as our Breast Care Navigator, a resource expert who will help guide breast cancer patients through the emotional and complex journey from diagnosis through survivorship.  Socci is a registered nurse with specialty training in oncology.

Maria Socci, RNMaria Socci, RN

“Adding the Breast Cancer Navigator to the Breast Care Team is the final component of the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Breast Center service team goal,” said Janet Leatherwood, Chief Nursing Officer at MSLH. “The Navigator serves as a continuous point of contact for patients and their families throughout the entire cancer care experience; making the decision-making process much easier on everyone involved.”

Socci plays a vital role on the patient’s Breast Care Team, attending case reviews and discussions regarding the patient’s personalized treatment plan, educating the patient about treatment options, coordinating other health appointment needs and serving as the patient’s advocate.

Breast Care Navigators specialize in stress reduction and detail management, allowing the patient and family to make informed decisions about their individualized course of therapy. Socci’s unique approach helps patients:

  • Understand the continuum of care.  This usually begins with discussions of their different procedure options and coordination of various appointments.
  • Make appropriate decisions by ensuring the patient and their family are educated and fully understand each option.
  • Feel empowered in their care through participation in the various support groups available to them, such as the Methodist Sugar Land Breast Cancer Support Group, CanCare, American Cancer Society and others.

For more information or for a second opinion, please call Maria at 281-276-8989 or email MSocci@tmhs.org. To schedule a mammogram at the Breast Center at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, call 281-242-PINK (7465).

About Methodist Sugar Land Hospital
Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, part of The Methodist Hospital System and ranked as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For by FORTUNE Magazine, is committed to serving the healthcare needs of our community. We have some of the most advanced technology and medical capabilities in the area and have maintained the highest quality of care The Methodist Hospital is known for internationally. Our Centers of Excellence include cardiology,
neuro-sciences, oncology, orthopedics, women’s services and urology.

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