Ms. Marsha Oakley, RN, BSN, is the Nursing Coordinator at the Hoffberger Breast Center at Mercy Medical Center in downtown Baltimore City (Md.). On Friday, October 11, 2013, she visited with Anna’s Journey, a radio show on BlogTalkRadio. Oakley shared part of her story and a great deal of information about services available to those experiencing breast cancer, including some brand new technology.
Oakley received her Bachelor of Science in nursing at Indiana University – Bloomington. For the past 17 years, of her 45 year nursing career, she has provided services at Mercy. She has dedicated her career to women’s health, focusing on oncology services.
The Hoffberger Breast Center at Mercy is located in the Women’s Pavilion in the Weinberg Building. (The Weinbergs are a philanthropic family and infamous name throughout Baltimore for building cancer centers.) Marsha Oakley, as the Nursing Coordinator, provides counseling and support for cancer patients – from diagnosis to after care. Specifically, she focuses on giving advice to those going through breast cancer- the patient, the care givers and the family. She is responsible for patient education prior to surgery, following surgery and after guiding them to a healthy recovery.
A primary project for Oakley was and is the Sentinel Node Clinical trial within The Hoffberger Breast Center. The continued tracking of all participants of the clinical trial is still very important to complete the data collected through this fact-finding clinical trial.
Marsha Oakley is herself a breast cancer survivor. She co-founded one of the first – if not the first – breast cancer support group in the 1980s called Arm-in-Arm. Mercy Medical Center continues to provide support group services to patients receiving treatment for breast cancer. The group is open to all breast cancer patients and their caregivers.
Oakley has served on advisory committees such as the F.D.A. National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee in 1994 and the American Cancer Society’s Breast Health Committee in Maryland. “Portraits in Hope” is an exhibit of breast cancer survivors organized by Oakley to raise awareness and provide hope to those traveling through breast cancer.
No stranger to awards, Oakley has been recognized for her efforts to promote early detection and treatment of breast cancer. She was selected by the Baltimore Regional Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners as a “Woman of Excellence.” From her alma mater, the University of Indiana, she received the Distinguished Service Award. The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, in 1995, selected Oakley as the recipient of the Ellen Barnett Memorial Award for her efforts and dedication in the breast cancer war. The Terese Lasser Award from the American Cancer Society – Mid-Atlantic Division, in 2000, was presented to Marsha for her work in the “Reach to Recovery” program. In 2005, Marsha was selected as “Outstanding Honoree” in the nursing category for The Daily Record’s Health Care Heroes Award program.
Marsha Oakley continues to provide awesome services to patients from the beginning to the end of their journey through breast cancer at the Hoffberger Breast Center at Mercy.
For more information visit the Mercy Medical Center website or call Please call for an appointment. Locally 410-332-9330 or tollfree: 1-800-MD-Mercy (1-800-636-3729)