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

    by  • December 31, 2013

    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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    Operation Jimbo Claus Arrives at Fox Chase

    by  • December 28, 2013

    When Brian McShane started Jimbo’s Squad, his goal was to provide comfort for patients treated at Fox Chase Cancer Center and their families. This Christmas, he did just that by distributing performance pullover sweatshirts and hats to patients. One of the Squad’s most popular annual traditions is called “Operation Jimbo Claus,” in which they...

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    The Truth about Breast Implants: Saline vs. Silicone

    by  • December 6, 2013

    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

    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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    You Can Make A Difference

    by  • October 17, 2013

    It’s that time again: Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A time for celebration and renewed interest in curing the disease. But, amidst all the headlines dominating healthcare today many people may not be aware that the future of research at academic health centers is in jeopardy. Although the headlines are justifiably focused on clinical care,...

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    My doctor told me I have a “precancerous” lesion. Do I have cancer?

    by  • August 13, 2013

    Receiving the news that you have a precancerous lesion can cause considerable confusion and stress. Naturally, questions will arise as to the risks of getting a “cancerous” lesion, whether treatment is necessary and, if necessary, what treatment options are appropriate. It’s important to keep in mind that precancerous lesions can be found almost anywhere...

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