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Robert Burger, MD, Director, Women’s Cancer Center at Fox Chase Cancer Center

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Team Fox Chase at the 2011 Annual Walk/Run to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer. (I am pictured standing, far left in a grey shirt.)

What are you doing this Saturday, September 8, 2012? I highly encourage you to grab your sneakers and join the Fox Chase team at the Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, PA for the annual National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC)’s 14 Annual walk/run.

Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer.

NOCC hosts this annual event to raise awareness of ovarian cancer, celebrate ovarian cancer survivors and remember those who lost their fight with this disease. All funds raised benefit NOCC’s ovarian cancer awareness and education programs both locally and nationally.

The run/walk features a 5k Run – USATF certified course (flat & fast!); 5k Walk; and 1 Mile Fun Walk. Awards will be presented following the race. Enjoy live music by the Fastforwards on the route, a health tent, refreshments, survivor activities a TEAL merchandise tent and educational materials.

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Fox Chase gynecologic oncologist, Sarah Kim, will be delivering the key note address.

New this year!

Join the staff of Studio Shear Bliss Salon for our on-site hair cut-a-thon! Women and men can receive trims, shaves, teal hair extensions, chair massages and more! 100% of proceeds will benefit NOCC! For more information, contact the Chapter at 215.997.8075 or DelawareValley@ovarian.org.

Hope to see you on Saturday!

Be well, Bob


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Robert Burger, MD, Director, Women’s Cancer Center at Fox Chase Cancer Center

Mike Marstellar

Mike Marsteller, Founder, HCM Foundation

As clinicians, we are trained to treat our patient’s medical conditions. Of course, we understand the importance of treating the whole person. One of the benefits of working at Fox Chase Cancer Center is the phenomenal support for our patients provided by our  Social Work department.

Fox Chase social workers have a great relationship with many community-based organizations designed to support patients and their families. Most of these groups rely on the support of the community for funding, including HCM Foundation, a local non-profit organization that provides opportunities and financial support to cancer patients, survivors, and their families.

HCMlogoI would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to a remarkable young man, Mike Marsteller, who established the HCM Foundation after working in the Fox Chase Fitness Center (which, unfortunately, is no longer in existence).

Mike isn’t your typical 29-year-old. This Emmaus, PA native has integrated his past learning experiences to help families who are significantly impacted by cancer, including many Fox Chase families. According to Mike, he thrives on staying active, whether he’s running, cycling or living a healthy lifestyle.

Fox Chase social workers, such as JoAnne Rufo, connect appropriate patients in need of financial assistance to HCM.  “Mike’s foundation has been helping our patients for a couple years now and has been an invaluable resource for all of the social workers,” says JoAnn.

Mark Your Calendar for August 4!

HCM RunIf you want to join the HCM family and support its mission, please join them for the Fox Chase Away Cancer 5K Run/1.5 Mile Walk on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at Saint Basil Academy, which is located at 711 Fox Chase Road, Jenkintown, PA. Registration is $20 in advance, $25 on race day. Children under 12 are free. All proceeds will benefit patient care at Fox Chase, as well as programs offered by the HCM Foundation. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the run/walk begins at 9 a.m. For more information, visit www.hcmfoundation.org.

Be well,

Bob

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Kenia
August 3, 2012

Great initiative, we experienced cancer in our family, and we know what difficulties are involved. Fingers crossed – greetings.

sjthrash
August 10, 2012

Wish y’all were closer so I could have my awesome doctor back. I miss you Dr. Cristofanilli but I am doing very well and will never forget you. 3 year survivor of IBC (MDA)and looking forward to many, many more.

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Robert Burger, MD, Director, Women’s Cancer Center at Fox Chase Cancer Center

P6010234TRUE or FALSE: “You can only come to Fox Chase if you have cancer.” ANSWER: FALSE.

Did you know that thousands of patients come to Fox Chase each year for their annual screening tests including mammography, colonoscopy, PSA and DEXA screening to rule out cancer? Mammography is the most widely used screening tool for breast cancer. So why do so many women choose Fox Chase for their mammograms? There are several factors, including convenience and sophisticated technology, but most importantly Fox Chase is home to world-class radiologists with unmatched expertise because they read more mammograms for women with established breast cancers, and therefore, they know what to look for. On behalf of the Women’s Cancer Center, I warmly invite you to make your next appointment at Fox Chase. Learn more about Fox Chase mammograms.

You are about to meet Pamela, an active wife and mother and attorney. Although Pamela knew it was time to get a baseline mammogram when she turned 40 in 2011, she put it off for an entire year. Then, when her next birthday arrived, she took action and made an appointment at Fox Chase. Here is her story – and a brief video that takes you through her experience.
Be well, Bob

My name is Pamela. I am 41 years old and have 3 children. Despite knowing several women, some young, who were diagnosed with breast cancer in recent years, I never had a mammogram myself. Admittedly, I thought about it for 8 years. I finally decided that this was it, and I’m going to do it. A few weeks ago, I called my friend, Lisa, who works at Fox Chase Cancer Center. I mentioned to her that I’d never had a mammogram and she explained that unfortunately there are so many young women like me out there like me who have never done it. Lisa told me that she gets her annual mammograms at Fox Chase because of the expertise of the radiologists – and would not consider going anywhere else.

Making the Call
Just after Memorial Day Weekend, I called Fox Chase to make an appointment. Although I had to speak with several people (insurance questions!), everyone was so pleasant. I made an early morning appointment for later that week because I figured there would be less chance of me backing out!

Time to Go!
On Friday morning, I was so nervous, but I knew this was something I had to do. The drive to Fox Chase was really easy and took less time than I thought. I arrived at the East Garage, which had plenty of parking and was a short walk to the Women’s Center. I was relieved to see Lisa waiting for me, knowing she’d be there with me! When we walked into Mammography, we were greeted by Helen Ayers, who was very friendly. The paperwork was simple and easy and took just a few minutes to complete. Then, Jean Hummel walked in and introduced herself as the technician who would be doing my mammogram. I was feeling really nervous and asked Jean whether it would hurt. She said that it may be uncomfortable, but that she’d make it as quick and painless as possible. She took me to a waiting area and a small room with lockers where she handed me a little hospital shirt/robe. I put my belongings in my locker and took the key with me, which was conveniently attached to a bracelet. Then Jean and I walked to the Mammography Suite while Lisa waited in a room across the hall.


The Test
The room had a vertical machine with pedals on the floor and two glass plates extending from the machine. It never occurred to me that I’d be standing for the test. I’m not sure what I was expecting. I found myself staring at the plates and visualizing my breasts smooshed between them! Jean must have sensed my anxiety because she brought me over to the machine and explained that I’d be standing in front of it, that I’d feel a little pressure and that it shouldn’t really hurt. She also told me that it may take a few minutes to get the lighting right, but after the initial set up, it shouldn’t take that long. My shirt stayed on the whole time and just opened to expose whichever breast was being photographed. Naturally, I felt a little uncomfortable, but it wasn’t like I was standing in a room topless! Jean took a few pictures of each breast from the front and the side. As she had promised, the test did not hurt at all and was just a little uncomfortable. I looked down at one point at my breasts flattened between the glass plates and couldn’t help but laugh at the image.

The Results
After the test was completed, Jean and I walked over to the waiting room where Lisa was waiting for me. She asked me how it was, to which I responded that it wasn’t that bad! Jean informed me that Dr. Evers, the Director of Mammography, would be reading my mammogram. A few minutes later, Dr. Evers entered the waiting room and introduced herself to me. She told me that my mammogram was normal and that she’d see me back here next year. I was relieved to hear those words! She took time to answer some questions which I really appreciated.

What a Relief!
From start to finish, I was at Fox Chase for about one hour and now I have a baseline mammogram! I can’t believe it took me this long to finally get the test done. I am relieved that I did it and I’m glad I had it done at Fox Chase. Although I’m not looking forward to my next mammogram, I know that it is something I have to do and going to Fox Chase will make it that much easier and that much more comfortable.

Warmly,

Pamela Baker

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Kathy Petrozelli
June 7, 2012

Pamela, good for you. I am proud that you finally had your mammogram. Now the next step is to continue your screening. Be vigilant about it okay, and I pray that you never have an issue. There are many reasons that women don’t have this simple diagnostic test, being scared of the outcome, cost, embarrassment, not enough time, but this test is so very important. Susan G. Komen has a hotline for assistance with cost of the test for women who cannot afford it. Anyone can apply for help. My breast cancer was detected on my very first digital mammogram at 0.6 cm big. If I had missed that mammogram, who knows what would have happened…..Please now I would ask you to do your part and push other ladies and suggest that they get screened if they haven’t already. I tell you this as an Ambassador for Susan G Komen and as a friend because my routine screenings saved my life. I also recently referred a friend to Fox Chase for a follow up after a recent scare and things turned out well for her too. Glad to hear your positive news!!! Kathy

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Robert Burger, MD, Director, Women’s Cancer Center at Fox Chase Cancer Center

If you ask these patients, they would say “yes!” On Friday, May 18, 2012, six Fox Chase Cancer Center patients were treated to a special opportunity. Love Versus Cancer teamed up with Lancome & Bloomingdale’s in Willow Grove, PA to introduce the women to Lancome’s National Make-Up Artist, Manuel Villegas, who lifted their spirits with a make-up lesson. Because treatment can affect a patient’s skin, eyebrows, lashes and hair, Manuel provided useful tips for each patient. Everyone left with a cosmetic gift bag, a white rose and a big smile on her face!

“This was the best medicine Fox Chase has ever given me!”
said Maureen, who is being treated for ovarian cancer, as she was leaving. Read more comments below:

“The experience with Lancome made me realize that I am still beautiful. My confidence was high that day. Thank you for everything!” Jessica Cerpegi, the mother of a three-year-old daughter, Victoria, is being treated for stage IV breast cancer.

“My daughter, Jess, thought that Manny was great and really liked his sense of style,” she said. “I am glad that I brought her with me. Thank you for my special treat! The pampering was just what I needed. I enjoyed all attention that was spent on me.” Maureen Robinson, mother of three and a nurse at Fox Chase, is being treated for breast cancer.

“Thanks for including me in a great day. It was an indulgence I never would have done for myself – so thank you Fox Chase!! I had rave reviews from family and friends and am having fun “playing” with my new make up.” Marilyn Lemke, retired teacher and an accomplished harpist, is being treated for stage IV breast cancer.

Stay tuned for a similar event at Fox Chase Cancer Center in the works …
Be well,
Bob

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Mary Alice Tinari
June 6, 2012

What a wonderful treat for these lovely ladies. Especially Maureen Robinson, my phone triage buddy and good friendl

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Robert Burger, MD, Director, Women’s Cancer Center at Fox Chase Cancer Center

Pat Halpin-Murphy, founder and CEO, PA Breast Cancer Coalition

Pat Halpin-Murphy, President and Founder, PA Breast Cancer Coalition

If you live in Pennsylvania, I hope you’re familiar with the PA Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC). If so, you know what a terrific organization it is. If not, I encourage you to check them out.

Pat Halpin-Murphy, President and Founder, established this statewide non-profit organization to create the hope of a brighter tomorrow by providing action and information to women with breast cancer today. They accomplish their mission through providing educational programming, legislative advocacy and breast cancer research grants within our state.

Some of the their accomplishments include:

Earlier this month, several Fox Chase Cancer Center staff were invited to the PBCC’s annual luncheon, which honors a distinguished group of individuals who regularly help to further the mission of the PBCC. This formal luncheon is held as a way to say “Thank you” and allows the PBCC to publicly recognize their major supporters from the past year. This year’s luncheon was held on Wednesday, May 16th at the Governor’s Residence.  First Lady Susan Corbett hosted the event.

Below is a gallery of photos from the event that I’d like to share with you. Learn more by visiting www.pabreastcancer.org.

Be well,

Bob


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Fox Chase Celebrates Nurses’ Week 2012

Robert Burger, MD, Director, Women’s Cancer Center at Fox Chase Cancer Center

Christine M Rafferty RN, BSN, OCN Staff Nurse

Christine M Rafferty RN, BSN, OCN Staff Nurse

Wandi Ortiz, RN Staff Nurse, surgical-telemetry unit

Wandi Ortiz, RN Staff Nurse, surgical-telemetry unit

I’d like to introduce you to Christine and Wandi, just two of the many Fox Chase nurses who represent our outstanding nursing staff. Their compassion and dedication is what sets Fox Chase nurses apart from the rest. As a physician, I am extremely proud of our nursing staff and their deep commitment to patients.

While it is important to recognize the efforts of our nurses on a daily basis, we get a special opportunity next week when we observe the official Nurses’ Week 2012 (May 7-11) with special activities every day.

If you are a patient, caregiver or friend, we hope you will join us on Wednesday for the Nurses’ Awards Ceremony at noon in the Auditorium. In the past, this event was designed for staff, but this year the nursing staff would like to extend invitations to you – patients, caregivers and friends. If you’d like to attend, please contact Jane Edwards (jane.edwards@fccc.edu) or 215-728-4315.

Monday, May 7 – Distribution of Gifts to Nursing Staff

Tuesday, May 8 – Reiki Therapy Sessions

Wednesday, May 9Nurses’ Awards Ceremony and Dessert Reception (Auditorium), featuring 2012 Nurse Recognition Award, three travel scholarships, the Team Award and the Magnet Moment award.

Thursday, May 10 - Night Shift Snack Baskets

Friday, May 11 - Nurses’ Week Raffle Drawing (chances are $1 each, 6 for $5 and proceeds benefit nursing education)

I’d like to recognize the outstanding efforts of the Nurses’ Week committee for planning a special, fun-filled week. The committee includes Chris Amoroso, Marianne Bonner, Linda Coli, Deb Donahue, Aubrey Edwards, Janet Farley, Caitlin Foley, Fredy-Jo Grafman, Christine Kappler, Margie Kearns, Jessica Kelly, Lisa Ludwig, Laura Mackin, Janice Moore, Mickey Mullin, Donna Ozovek, Sarah Porzig, Monica Scanlon and Helen Schwartz.

Spa-Gift-BasketRaffle items needed!

The Nurses’ Week Committee is collecting raffle items for next Friday’s raffle. If you would like to donate an item or two, it would be much appreciated. You can bring items to the Nurses’ Award Program on Wednesday, May 9 or contact Jane Edwards to make arrangements for drop-off. Items of particular interest include sporting event or theater tickets, as well as gift certificate for manicures/pedicures, restaurants and shops. All proceeds of the Nurses’ Week raffle will benefit nursing education.

Be well,

Bob

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Robert Burger, MD, Director, Women’s Cancer Center at Fox Chase Cancer Center

Anna Jolly Sadbeck and her husband take their baby out for his first snowfall.

Anna Jolly Sadbeck and her husband, Phillip, venture out with their baby to enjoy his first snowfall.

Once in a while, we get the opportunity to share an inspirational story about one of our patients. In this post, I have the pleasure of introducing you to a remarkable young woman, Anna Jolly, who was afraid her journey with cancer would limit her ability to become a mother.

As she shared with us the story of her experience with cervical cancer, Anna Jolly’s baby, Paul Nicholas, was gurgling in the background. While most new mothers would be thrilled to have their first child at 30, Anna is especially thankful. Less than a year after getting married in August 2007, Anna, who was 26, went for a routine gynecologic exam.  She’d just finished her master’s in education and was looking forward to starting a family.

“All of a sudden, every red flag went up,” she recalled.  The diagnosis was high-grade cervical dysplasia. The biopsy results came back positive for squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix, stage 1B1.

In her mid-twenties, Anna thought she was going to die.

“The first three oncologists we saw all said I’d need a complete hysterectomy,” she recalled.  “They wouldn’t even discuss any other options.  I had no previous experience with cancer – and I really thought I was dying.”

Mark A. Morgan, MD, FACOG, FACS

Anna's surgeon, Mark A. Morgan, MD, FACOG, FACS

A family friend referred Anna to Dr. Mark Morgan, chief of Gynecologic Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center.  “He said if there was a chance to preserve my fertility, Dr. Morgan would do it.”

Dr. Morgan was able to surgically remove Anna’s tumor while preserving her fertility.

Anna and her husband Phillip met with Dr. Morgan in July 2008. “We’re devout believers, and we prayed our hearts out waiting for all the test results to come back,” she recalled.  “When Dr. Morgan came into the office, he seemed calm and positive. He said everything looked very contained.  He believed that a fertility preserving vaginal radical trachelectomy with lymph extraction would take care of the problem and allow us to have children.”

After the surgery, despite having a shortened cervix, Anna was told she should be able to get pregnant, with the baby delivered by caesarean section. Dr. Morgan performed the surgery August 4, 2008. “The next day, I was able to walk out of the hospital. My C-section was more traumatic than this surgery. I recovered well.”

A week later, Anna was told there were no findings of cancer anywhere, and she’d need no further treatment.  After several attempts, Anna and Phillip got pregnant in December 2010 – “the greatest Christmas gift ever.”  She carried her son to full term, and he was born by C-section in August 2011.

“Dr. Morgan is just incredible”

“Dr. Morgan reassured us with his competency from the beginning,” shared Anna. “He felt like family.  And when my son was born, the doctor who delivered him said he almost couldn’t tell that I’d had surgery, Dr. Morgan did such an amazing job. He did in four-and-a-half hours what nobody was willing to do.”

Anna and Phillip plan to have more children to keep Paul company. “The best part of the experience was going for a follow up pap smear to Dr. Morgan’s office with our three-month-old son. Dr. Morgan was overjoyed to see this long awaited baby! And I am overjoyed to be a mother.”

If you have a story to share, please write to us at social@fccc.edu.

Be well, Bob

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Robert Burger, MD, Director, Women’s Cancer Center at Fox Chase Cancer Center

Here I am at the NOCC (National Ovarian Cancer Coalition) 5K last year, along with my wife, who showed up to support our team!

Here I am at the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition 5K last year, along with my wife, who showed up to support our team!

On any given weekend, you can probably find a walk or run designed to benefit a worthwhile cause (see my example to the right). But on April 28 and 29, there are two such events that are near and dear to my heart.

Both were created in memory of young women who lost their lives to gynecological cancers (ovarian and cervical) and both are set-up to benefit the Women’s Cancer Center at Fox Chase. If you’re free either day – or both – I strongly encourage you to join us for a run or walk.

If you’re planning to go to either event, let us know. And if you take pictures, please send them along to social@fccc.edu so we can post them.

Be well, Bob


Sandy Sprint: Saturday, April 28sandy-sprint, 2012  from 8:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.
The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation is hosting its annual Sandy Sprint 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 28, 2012. Grab your running or walking shoes, and a leash (for your pup) and join the effort to raise funds to advance ovarian cancer research and spread the word about Sandy Rollman Foundation. Registration is $25 for adults ($30 after April 17), $40 for one adults and one dog, and $15 for children 12 and under ($20 after April 17). For more information or to register, visit www.sandysprint.kintera.org.

The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation was created as a tribute to the life, character, and immense strength of Sandy Rollman. Sandy passed away from advanced ovarian cancer in May 2000. Prior to diagnosis, Sandy experienced many textbook symptoms. Her symptoms were whispering only no one was listening. The tragic result was that Sandy never had a chance against ovarian cancer.

Her sister Adriana Way and her nurse Robin Cohen decided to keep Sandy’s memory alive while trying to prevent other women from having to endure the same pain as she did. The mission of this organization is to educate both women and physicians about ovarian cancer; advocate for early diagnostic testing and more effective treatments; raise funds to advance research towards a cure; and offer support to ovarian cancer patients and their families.

Amy’s Fund: Sunday, April 29, 2012 from 7:30am until 10:30am

amysfundThe 8th Annual Amy’s Fund 5K Run/Walk is in memory of a very special young woman. Shortly after she married her college sweetheart, Dave, Amy Kligge Vengels was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Amy, who was a strong athlete, wife, daughter and sister, was a fighter and tried everything to beat this disease. Amy believed in a cure and wanted to eventually raise money to support research. To ensure her legacy would live on, and in the hopes of helping others defeat this disease, Amy’s family created Amy’s Fund and organizes an annual walk/run to benefit cancer research at Fox Chase.

Join Amy’s family on April 29 to run, walk, enjoy music, face painting and a fun bus! Registration is $25 for adults, $15 for children under 12. Adults who pre-register before April 15 save $5. Selected t-shirt sizes are guaranteed to all who pre-register before April 15. Adult XL will be provided to all other registered walkers. To register and for more information, visit www.amysfund.org, call 215-632-1663 or email cervicalcancer@amysfund.org.

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Thank you for coming out to support the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition’s Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer last year! We couldn’t do it without the support of great people like yourself. Hope you’ll be able to make it to the 2012 event!

Thanks again :) -From the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

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Robert Burger, MD, Director, Women’s Cancer Center at Fox Chase Cancer Center

Bonnie Miller

Bonnie Miller

At the Women’s Cancer Center, we often say that we strive to treat the whole woman, and not just her disease. Our Nurse Navigators are essential to this aim because they help patients deal with the host of different issues that a cancer diagnosis can bring up. You may have heard of this service, which we launched nearly two years ago—but are you aware of what exactly your Nurse Navigator can help you with?

To tell you more, I am pleased to bring in Bonnie J. Miller, RN, BSN, OCN, FAAMA, Administrative Director of the Women’s Cancer Center & Clinical Nurse Navigation, who has been instrumental in bringing this crucial resource to Fox Chase patients.

Be Well, Bob

After launching in April 2010 with two breast navigators, Fox Chase now has six full-time navigators, including three in the Women’s Cancer Center: two breast and one in gynecologic oncology. Our women’s cancer Nurse Navigators have helped over 3,000 breast cancer patients and 1,100 gynecologic cancer patients to date. We are continually working on ways to expand the program so that even more patients can benefit from linking with a Nurse Navigator.

That said, you might wonder: what exactly do Nurse Navigators do? There’s more to having cancer than treatment. There are a whole host of other issues—emotional, logistical, financial—that can arise, making it difficult for patients to focus on their treatment and return to health. Nurse Navigators are here to help patients deal with these complex issues. No one wishes to get cancer, but if it does happen to you or your loved one, a Fox Chase Nurse Navigator will be there to ease the journey. Read further to learn what these special people do, meet the Fox Chase Women’s Cancer Center Nurse Navigators, and hear what patients have to say that have linked with this team.

Eight Things Your Nurse Navigator Can Do For You

Nurse Navigation Team at Fox Chase

Nurse Navigation Team: (left to right) Jessie Schol, Caryn Vadseth, Tracey Newhall, Joanne Stein, Rebecca Loss, Carol Cherry.

1. Prepare you for your visit before you even arrive on campus.

After you call Fox Chase to schedule an appointment, a Nurse Navigator will connect with you within 24 hours. Based on the clinical information surrounding your diagnosis, she will make sure you are scheduled for the appropriate type of appointment. She will make sure you are aware of what you will need to bring or send ahead prior to your visit, and answer any questions you may have about coming to Fox Chase. If you need slides, scans or records to be delivered from another institution, your Nurse Navigator will direct you on how to have your information sent to Fox Chase prior to your appointment and explain why this is so important in your clinical visit and decision making.

2. Help you understand your diagnosis and answer your clinical questions—from the very first call.

All of our Nurse Navigators are experienced, oncology-certified nurses with a high degree of clinical expertise. Because they are your first point of contact after you schedule your appointment, you can begin asking clinical questions you may be concerned about right away. Nurse Navigators are equipped with knowledge to help you better understand your diagnosis and treatment options, which can help reduce anxiety.

3. Expedite your care, where possible.

Nurse navigators will work within clinicians’ schedules in order to secure you an appropriate, timely appointment.  Often, they can help coordinate your schedule so you can take care of multiple appointments and tests in the same day.

4. Greet you and introduce you to your care team.

When you arrive on campus, your Nurse Navigator will greet you in person and introduce you to your team of medical specialists, who will tailor an individualized, comprehensive treatment plan for you based on your diagnosis.

5. Help you “connect the dots.”

The treatment journey has many steps, which can lead you to different locations and specialists throughout the Center. To help you transition, your Nurse Navigator will make sure you know what the various phases of your treatment will be, who you will meet, and where you will need to go.

6. Help you overcome various barriers to care by educating and referring you to other services you may need.

In seeking treatment, patients may come across various barriers which make it difficult to navigate the healthcare system. Issues related to transportation, finances, insurance, language, communication, fear, anxiety, or family support may come up. You may need additional services outside of your medical treatment to help you cope with these issues. Your Nurse Navigator is aware of the resources available to you, and can refer you to the services you may need—many of which are available in-house, right at Fox Chase, or in the nearby community. Often, based on a patient’s needs, the Nurse Navigator can begin to coordinate the necessary resources before the patient even arrives at the Center.

7. Follow your care through the cancer continuum—from diagnosis, to treatment, to survivorship.

The medical personnel you see will change as you move through the different phases of your treatment. From your first phone call to the conclusion of your treatment to follow-up visits, your Nurse Navigator will be a resource to you throughout your journey.

8. Act as your advocate, educator, and go-to person.

Above all, Nurse Navigators seek to be champions for their patients, making sure they get what they need—for treatment and otherwise—whenever possible. They will answer or resolve your questions, concerns and issues—or find someone who can. As your journey evolves, your Nurse Navigator will remain a constant.

Meet the Women’s Cancer Center Nurse Navigators

Carol Cherry

Carol Cherry

Tracey Newhall

Tracey Newhall

Jessie Schol

Jessie Schol

Carol Cherry, MSN, RN, AOCNS – Gynecologic Oncology Nurse Navigator

“I enjoy that the bulk of my role as a Nurse Navigator involves direct contact with patients. The connection I make with patients is the most gratifying part of my job.”

Carol began at Fox Chase thirteen years ago as a genetics nurse & project manager in the Margaret Dyson Family Risk Assessment Program, where her work focused on families affected by ovarian and breast cancer.  She became the Center’s first Gynecologic Oncology Nurse Navigator in October 2011.

Tracey Newhall, RN, BS, OCN – Breast Nurse Navigator

“I have a great interest in providing support and information to help women with the difficulties they face with a diagnosis of cancer. From the first call, I’m here to help.”

Tracey has been an oncology nurse for more than 20 years, working in a variety of settings, including inpatient medical oncology, ambulatory care, infusion room, and Nursing Research. Most recently, she became a Breast Nurse Navigator in March 2011.

Jessie Schol, RN, BSN, OCN – Breast Nurse Navigator

“Advocacy and education are the hallmarks of good nursing. Advocating for and educating patients is what I love about being a Nurse Navigator. The various professional opportunities which I experienced at Fox Chase have laid the strong foundation on which I stand to perform this job.”

Jessie has 22 years’ experience as a nurse, first as a Fox Chase nurse extern (a Fox Chase educational and clinical program for nursing students with an interest in oncology nursing), then as a staff RN on the clinical trial unit and next as a home infusion RN. Aftter that, Jessie was a clinical trials coordinator, an outpatient RN with an emphasis on lung cancer and finally landed in navigation.  She became the Center’s first Breast Nurse Navigator in April 2010.

Testimonials

“A great big thank you to Tracey for helping me get set up at Fox Chase this past summer. Fox Chase has allowed me to continue on life’s journey CANCER FREE!”

–Jackie D.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer 4 years ago. I will never forget the first day I visited FCCC and met my nurse navigator, Jessie. I was so scared, but she was by my side. I left my appointment with a plan and knew she would be with me every step of the way. She was my angel and continues to be my angel. Thank you Jessie and FCCC. You are the best.”

–Kathy R.

Jessie rocks! She was awesome in my initial days. So helpful to navigate through a very scary time.”

–MaryAlice T.

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