• Women’s Cancer Center

    The Women’s Cancer Center builds on Fox Chase’s world-renowned expertise in breast and gynecologic cancers.

    The Center offers the best possible experience, physically and emotionally, for a woman faced with a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Led by our expert faculty, all leaders in the field of women’s cancers, the multidisciplinary program brings together a concentration of strengths in one central location.
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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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    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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    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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    Settling Into Our New Home

    by  • October 22, 2013 • Breast Cancer Treatment, Cancer Screening, General Interest, Menopause, Nutrition and Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Women's Cancer Center, Yoga for Cancer Patients

    It’s hard to believe that Temple Health Women’s Care has been open for over a year now.  For me, the medical director, the year has flown by and much has happened.  All of our medical specialties are up and running and all the doctors and staff are working in collaboration. To be honest, this...

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