• 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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    Does Getting Treatment for Ovarian Cancer at an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center Make a Difference?

    by  • June 3, 2015 • General Interest, Gynecology, Ovarian Cancer, Women's Cancer Center

    A study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons in May 2015 shows the answer is a resounding, “YES!” Bristow and colleagues examined the care of 9,933 women with ovarian cancer treated at five National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, 29 non-NCI high volume hospitals (more than 10 cases...

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    Two Pathologists, Three Opinions.

    by  • May 3, 2015 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Breast Cancer Treatment, Women's Cancer Center

    “He’s handsome.” “Are you kidding? He’s ugly.”  “That’s teal.” “Certainly not. That’s green.” “That song is beautiful.” “Good grief. It’s horrid.” What do these things have in common? They are subjective disagreements about things that are hard to categorize, can’t be quantified, and are judged simply based upon appearance. When you are given a...

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    Fox Chase offers new technologies which provide genetic testing beyond BRCA1 AND BRCA2

    by  • February 19, 2015 • Breast Cancer Treatment, Cancer Screening, Genetic Counseling, Risk Assessment, Women's Cancer Center

    When the Risk Assessment Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center decided it was time to begin offering the latest multigene genetic testing to our patients, we were confident that our team would be at the forefront of this rapidly changing field. Fox Chase began routinely offering these new tests to our patients in September,...

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    Where’s my Mojo? Sexuality and a Cancer Diagnosis

    by  • November 26, 2014 • Coping with Cancer, Gynecology, Women's Cancer Center

    Sexuality and libido are hot topics now. Personal products and erectile dysfunction mediations are discussed and advertised on TV, in print, and on the Internet; by politicians and celebrities, by elderly couples and young starlets. Cosmo and Women’s Day both feature articles on lubricants and intimacy workshops. Sexuality is okay! Just as a woman’s...

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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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