• Breast Cancer Surgery

    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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    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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    Breast MRI: A good study, but not everything we hoped for

    by  • January 16, 2014 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Breast Cancer Treatment, Women's Cancer Center

    There is probably no imaging study that is more controversial in the care of patients who have breast cancer or other breast problems than breast MRI, which has been around for 30 years. This imaging study is more sensitive than mammography and detects the size of cancers more accurately than other breast imaging. Sounds...

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    Can I have a DIEP flap to reconstruct my breast after a mastectomy?

    by  • December 31, 2013 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Breast Cancer Treatment, Reconstructive Surgery

    After a patient undergoes a mastectomy, breast reconstruction may be performed with breast implants or autologous tissue, meaning the patient’s own skin, fat, and muscle.  The vast majority of breast reconstruction performed across the country and the world relies on breast implants.  A much smaller percentage is done with autologous tissue which is rotated...

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    The Truth about Breast Implants: Saline vs. Silicone

    by  • December 6, 2013 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Breast Cancer Treatment, Women's Cancer Center

    Breast implants have undergone a large number of revisions since their first release in the 1970’s.  The two currently available implants are saline implants and silicone implants.  The implants used for breast reconstruction after a mastectomy are the same implants used for breast augmentation. There are various pluses and minuses for both the saline...

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