Awards & Accreditations
Breast Cancer Care at Olathe Medical Center
Olathe Health provides a complete range of breast care, from annual screenings and advanced diagnostics to genetic testing and leading-edge oncology care.
The Breast Care program at Olathe Medical Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.
Women’s Imaging Suite
Located within the Olathe Health Pavilion on the campus of Olathe Medical Center, the Women’s Imaging Suite offers mammography, breast ultrasound, breast MRI and other diagnostic procedures and testing, in a private environment.
Schedule Your Mammogram
For women who are at an average risk of breast cancer, mammograms should begin at age 40, and continue every one to two years. For women who are at a high risk of breast cancer, mammograms should begin at age 30, and continue every year. To schedule your mammogram, please call one of the following locations:
- The Women’s Imaging Suite at the Olathe Medical Pavilion: 913-791-4395 (Extended evening hours are available.)
- Miami County Medical Center: 913-294-6611
Breast Nurse Navigator
Janet Matthias, RN, is our dedicated breast nurse navigator. She will be the single point of contact to assist patients and families throughout their breast cancer journey by coordinating care with all members of the healthcare team. She is certified by the Oncology Nursing Society in chemotherapy and immunotherapy, and has spent the previous three years as a radiation oncology coordinator. Janet can be reached by email at [email protected].
Our Breast Cancer Care Services
Breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lives. We want to ensure all breast cancer patients receive the best possible services and care to help make cancer treatment easier. OMC’s breast navigators provide you support and assist with problems that can arise during breast cancer treatment and recovery. They can help schedule appointments, connect with support services, find financial resources and transportation. OMC’s Breast Care Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. This means our patients get comprehensive care with state-of-the-art services and a multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options. Our breast surgeons have a combined 60 plus years of experience with breast reconstruction. They work closely with each patient and her general surgeon, medical and radiation oncologist and personal doctor to choose the right procedure. In many cases, breast reconstruction can be performed at the same time as a mastectomy.
Whether you want to look younger, improve your self-confidence or recover how your body looks or feels after cancer surgery, there are many advanced plastic and reconstructive surgical procedures that can help you feel more like YOU. The board-certified specialists at Olathe Health perform advanced surgery and procedures, including many minimally invasive options and the most delicate micro-vascular techniques.
Olathe Health offers a high-risk breast clinic for individuals at an increased risk of developing breast cancer due to personal risk factors. Our nurse practitioner, Melanie Knight, APRN, will meet with patients to complete a detailed risk assessment, initiate genetic testing (if patients qualify) and/or refer to genetic counseling, formulate a risk reduction program and develop a personal surveillance strategy for each patient.
You might be a candidate for our high-risk breast clinic if you:
- Have a family history of breast cancer
- Have had an abnormal mammogram
- Have a known BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation (based on having had genetic testing)
- Have a first-degree relative (parent, brother, sister, or child) with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, and have not had genetic testing themselves
If you think you might be a candidate for our High-Risk Breast Clinic, talk with your primary care provider about a referral, or call Melanie Knight at 913-782-8577.
Olathe Health offers Breast Brachytherapy Treatment, a targeted form of internal radiation. Brachytherapy delivers higher doses of radiation to targeted areas of the body using a special device that is implanted by our breast surgeon, Dr. Craig Anderson. This targeted radiation minimizes radiation exposure for healthy tissue, and may cause fewer side effects. Treatment time is usually shorter, averaging about five days instead of four to six weeks with traditional, external beam radiation therapy.
Radiation Therapy Reduces Treatment Time, Gets Principal Back to School
Olathe elementary school principal, Kim Thorup, was diagnosed with breast cancer on May 2. Because of radiation treatment new to Olathe Health Cancer Center, she’s healed and back in her office in time for the first day of school just three months later.
Olathe Health Providers
- Craig A. Anderson, MD, FACS
- Kathleen M. Blake, MD, FACS
- Larry R. Corum, MD
- Melanie A. Knight, APRN, CRNFA
- David L. Lee, MD
- Elizabeth K. Long, MD, FACS
- Kelly L. Rhodes-Stark, MD
Olathe Health Locations
Schedule Your Mammogram Online
Current patients who have Patient Portal access can now schedule their mammograms online!Schedule Mammogram
Regular mammogram screenings are key in diagnosing breast cancer early.
Let’s Talk Mammograms
There is a 1 in 8 chance a woman will develop breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. The best protection you have is to get a mammogram.