Joan Katz

Charting a journey: Three-time cancer survivor on her mission to help others move forward

After battling cancer three times, Joan Katz, a Fort Worth resident and philanthropist, wanted a better way for people to make their way through the maze of doctors, hospitals and paperwork as she explained to the 360 Magazine for their April 2015 article “Guiding Lights”.

Working with Dr. Alan Johns, her gynecologist and a fellow breast cancer survivor, the two set the groundwork to create a unique center in the Tarrant County community. According to the 360 Magazine, “Katz and Johns talked to numerous breast cancer survivors to figure out exactly what was needed, and they drew upon their own experience.” Their collaboration began over a cup of coffee eight years ago.

The result? A comprehensive breast service on the Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth campus that opened in April 2010 for those diagnosed with breast cancer in Tarrant County and surrounding areas. The Joan Katz Breast Center (JKBC) is a 5,400-square-foot ‘center without walls’ that brings together nurse navigation, breast screenings, diagnosis, treatment, tumor conferences, counseling, social support and breast wellness and education.

Fast-forward five years, and Katz still stays at the forefront. She led the JKBC’s fifth anniversary celebration on April 16 to an enthusiastic gathering on patients and former patients, clinical staff and community members. More than 5,000 people have visited the center in its first five years. “I know the power of hands,” remarked Katz at the celebration. “A cast of 1,000 hands made the vision of this center a reality.”

Learn more about our dedication to breast cancer services in Tarrant County.

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Susan Hall
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Susan joined Baylor many years ago when Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas was the only Baylor facility in the area. When not at work, she’s outside – Big Bend National Park is her favorite with Glacier National Park a close second.

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Charting a journey: Three-time cancer survivor on her mission to help others move forward