• Breast Cancer Treatment

    I’ve Just Been Diagnosed. Now What? How to Survive Breast Cancer.

    by  • March 13, 2015 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Breast Cancer Treatment • 0 Comments

    You’ve either had this happen, or know someone who has: your doctor has just said that the abnormality in your breast is cancer. Now what? Do you stay where you are for treatment? Do you go elsewhere? How do you survive the disease? While nothing in life is certain (no one can even guarantee...

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    Why is it important for breast cancer patients to understand their disease?

    by  • February 3, 2015 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Breast Cancer Treatment

    Cancer Characteristics A new diagnosis of breast cancer brings with it a set of important decisions about type of treatment and long term prognosis that every breast cancer patient and her providers must address.  These decisions are largely based on the characteristics of the tumor itself, including its stage, grade, hormone receptor status and...

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    Fox Chase Breast Cancer Survivor Wins First Place in 2014 Lilly Oncology on Canvas Art Competition

    by  • January 21, 2015 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Breast Cancer Treatment, Events, Special events

    Susan Hope Schaffer was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 when she was just 45 years old. She found her cancer through a self-exam, not from a mammography or ultrasound. She attributes her success in beating cancer to the excellent care she received by the healthcare providers of Fox Chase, to her family and...

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    A Sea of Pink

    by  • May 13, 2014 • Breast Cancer Treatment, Cancer Research, Special events, Women's Cancer Center

    A sea of pink people. That’s pretty much all you saw at this past Sunday’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to raise monies for breast cancer. Thousands of people: patients, survivors, families, nurses, doctors, friends, police, EMTs, advocates, volunteers, reporters, and so many others who are concerned. And in case you didn’t...

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    Advanced Surgical Options for the Treatment of Lymphedema

    by  • March 27, 2014 • Breast Cancer Treatment, Coping with Cancer, Lymphedema Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery, Surgery, Women's Cancer Center

    Vascularized lymph node transfer is an innovative new surgical procedure used to treat lymphedema, a common condition for patients who have had their lymph nodes removed during the course of cancer treatment. Symptoms of lymphedema include fluid retention, tissue swelling and soreness of the extremities (arms, hands or legs). Research suggests that the frequency...

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    Breast Cancer Screening Update

    by  • February 14, 2014 • Breast Cancer Treatment, Cancer Screening, Mammography, Women's Cancer Center

    A lot of media attention has been given to a recent paper from the Canadian National Breast Screening Study. This study, begun in 1980, randomized women to annual mammograms for five years versus no screening.  The current paper is a 25 year-follow up which reports no difference in deaths from breast cancer in the...

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    What is a Post Mastectomy/Lumpectomy Camisole?

    by  • February 13, 2014 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Coping with Cancer, Reconstructive Surgery, Women's Cancer Center

    A post-surgical camisole, used after breast surgery, provides the support of a bra and pockets for lightweight breast prostheses. These camisoles come in a variety of sizes and materials and are specially constructed for the various needs of breast cancer survivors. Camisoles can be used immediately after any breast surgery, including mastectomy, lumpectomy and...

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    Nipple tattooing provides the finishing touch following breast cancer reconstruction

    by  • February 1, 2014 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Breast Cancer Treatment, Reconstructive Surgery, Surgery, Women's Cancer Center

    Techniques in nipple tattooing are rapidly improving and give patients reconstructive options that were previously not available. In most cases, tattooing is performed three months after the nipple has been surgically created on the reconstructed breast to allow for healing of the nipple wound. Tattooing at earlier time points may result in poor pigment...

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    How are the nipple and areola reconstructed during breast surgery?

    by  • January 28, 2014 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Breast Cancer Treatment, Reconstructive Surgery, Women's Cancer Center

    The nipple and areola are key elements of the reconstructed breast after mastectomy and are essential in restoring the breast to its natural form. Many patients have questions about how and when the nipple and areola are reconstructed.   The first step in breast reconstruction is to create a breast mound. This is accomplished using...

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