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What does the Breast Care Program offer?
Breast Cancer and Smoking
Women smokers undergoing treatment for early breast cancer are more than twice as likely to die of the disease than nonsmokers or smokers who quit. According to a study of 1,900 women at Philadelphia's Fox Chase Cancer Center, women who continue to smoke during radiation therapy are two-and-one-half times more likely to die of the cancer than nonsmoking women. The study, published in 2003, found if women stop smoking before treatment, their risk of dying is the same as women who never smoked.
A coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach to better serve patients diagnosed with breast disease. We look at the whole process, including mammography, pathology, treatment protocols, physician coordination and ongoing support after diagnosis of either benign or malignant problems. Our goal is to help make the patient’s experience easier, smoother and less daunting. Coordination between various care providers can be significant, with referrals coming from OB/GYNs, family practitioners and internists; diagnosis by radiologists, surgeons and pathologists; and treatment by surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, and, sometimes, plastic surgeons. There are also services to support the breast patient, including the availability of a Patient Navigator. Our Wellspring
center offers products and support services to address needs during treatment and recovery.
What is a Patient Navigator?
If my mammogram is abnormal, do I have breast cancer?
Abnormal mammogram findings do not automatically mean a diagnosis of breast cancer but may require further evaluation and follow-up. Abnormal breast tissue may be classified in a number of ways and can indicate either a benign condition or cancer.
Our approach to treating breast cancer
Is there someone I can call about my questions or concerns? If you have questions or concerns or would like to learn more about the services provided by our fully-accredited breast care program, call us toll-free at 855-984-4673.
What does fully-accredited mean?
Support services for women's health
Breast Health Empowerment Outreach Project