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Donna Lapolt, PCA, Breast Center

Donna Lapolt, PCA has been working in the Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital since 2011 in the outpatient clinic. She brought with her an extensive background in clinical and administrative medical assisting in both primary care and family health practices. As a Breast Medical Oncology PCA, Donna works with physicians and nurse practitioners to provide continuity of care to patients.

Donna greets patients when they first arrive, obtains vitals, and makes sure they are settled. Many of these patients are beginning chemotherapy or anxiously awaiting pathology or radiology testing results to see if their treatment is working, or if their cancer is progressing. Others may be there for routine follow-up and are years out from their diagnosis. No matter the reason, Donna is there to make sure everything runs smoothly and that patients are as comfortable as possible.

"Friday clinic may be my favorite day of the week," said Donna. "This is the day I work with Dr. Erin Hofstatter and Shawn Polizzi, APRN in the Breast Cancer Prevention Clinic. We meet with women who are at risk for developing breast cancer due to a genetic mutation or a family history of breast cancer, or a personal history of benign breast disease." Donna commented that the clinic focuses on developing an individualized plan for each patient tailored to their needs with recommendations for imaging, genetic counseling and or testing, possible preventative medication and referrals to other specialties for screenings that would help identify cancer as early as possible.

After meeting with Donna, patients leave their appointment with the Breast Cancer Prevention Clinic with all of their recommended appointments in place and she coordinates any necessary follow-up for them. Dr. Hofstatter, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology), commented, "Donna has always gone above and beyond in every aspect of her work. She is wonderful with patients, she is a thoughtful and active contributor to the clinic, and she is my "go-to, get-it-done" person who is essential in keeping the clinic running smoothly. I can honestly say I am a better doctor to my patients because of Donna's help."