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Crozer Health's board-certified physicians are dedicated to the detection and timely treatment of breast disease and breast cancer. We offer comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for the following breast concerns:
- Breast lumps
- Breast cancer
- Abnormal mammogram and ultrasound findings
- Family history of breast cancer
- Other risk factors for breast cancer
Our breast programs at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Delaware County Memorial Hospital have received accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).
Led by our board-certified physicians, Crozer Health's breast health services provide a range of services and advanced technologies to prevent, detect and fight cancer.
Patients diagnosed with breast cancer have easy access to on-site state-of-the-art surgical, radiation therapy services and medical oncology services provided by physicians specially trained in the treatment of breast cancer. Our breast surgeons take a team approach to work closely with these physicians to provide a personalized plan of care.
We offer the following diagnostic and treatment options:
Most breast problems are not a cause for alarm. However, when a woman finds a lump or has an abnormal mammogram, she wants to be seen by a specialist right away. Crozer Health offers the following diagnostic imaging services:
- 3D Mammography
- Digital Mammography
- Breast MRI
- Needle Localization with Sentinel Node Mapping
- Ultrasound Imaging
- Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy
- Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
Our imaging centers are accredited by the American College of Radiology, and Delaware County Memorial Hospital and Crozer-Chester Medical Center have both been named Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence. All of our imaging facilities are staffed with board-certified radiologists, registered technologists and registered nurses.
To schedule an appointment for a medical imaging service at any Crozer Health site, call 1-866-5-CK-XRAY (1-866-525-9729) or access, complete and submit our secure Appointment Request Form for imaging services.
Medical oncologists are involved in the care of most cancer patients, working closely with primary care physicians and other cancer specialists to provide primary cancer treatment, continuous follow-up, consultations, and help to create plans for cancer management.
Our medical oncologists use chemotherapy, immunotherapy and hormonal therapy, including targeted therapy and the use of growth inhibitors) to treat cancer.
If cancer is detected in your biopsy, your care will be transferred to the experienced team of physicians and medical professionals at one of our Regional Cancer Centers. Our cancer care teams offer comprehensive services for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and support care of patients.
The Crozer Regional Cancer Center has been approved by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as a Comprehensive Teaching Hospital. It is also certified by the Association of Community Cancer Centers.
Our radiation oncologists and their teams are skilled in both standard and advanced radiation therapy techniques, which can be used alone or in combination with other treatments.
The exact type of radiation used is determined by the cancer’s location, type, stage and treatment parameters. We offer both external beam therapies, such as Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), and internal radiation therapy, such as high- or low-dose-rate brachytherapy.
In addition, our radiation oncologists treat patients at Philadelphia CyberKnife in Havertown, the region’s most experienced robotic radiosurgery center.
A surgical biopsy is often required to determine whether or not a person has breast cancer, and surgery is often the means by which a tumor is removed.
We are proud to offer the latest advanced cancer care procedures and technologies, such as minimally invasive surgeries, sentinel lymph node mapping and cryoablation.
With advances in breast reconstruction surgery, many women undergoing breast removal (mastectomy) choose to have their breast(s) rebuilt. Breast reconstruction involves creating a breast mound that comes as close as possible to the form and appearance of the natural breast.
The goal of reconstructive surgery is to create a breast mound that matches the opposite breast and to achieve symmetry. If both breasts have been removed, the goal of breast reconstructive surgery is to create both breast mounds about the size of the patient's natural breasts. The procedures requir the skills of two board-certified surgeons.
Oncoplastic surgery combines plastic surgery techniques with breast surgical oncology. When a lumpectomy or related surgery is required, that will leave the breast distorted; the remaining tissue is sculpted to realign the nipple and areola, restoring a natural appearance to the breast shape.
When oncoplastic techniques are used in breast surgery, it can have a dramatic positive effect on a patient’s psychological state and, in turn, may make the battle against cancer slightly more tolerable.
We use oncoplastic techniques in qualifying patients to perform lumpectomies, breast reductions (lifts), and contralateral symmetry procedures. We try to avoid performing a mastectomy whenever possible. If a mastectomy is needed, we offer numerous reconstruction options. We also perform surgery for patients with a genetic predisposition for breast cancer as well as many surgeries for benign breast conditions.
Patient and Family Support Services
Patients and their families who come to Crozer Health for breast services receive treatment for both the body and mind. Our cancer centers offers many services and programs designed to enhance the lives of patients during treatment and rehabilitation. These include:
- Breast health navigators at Crozer, DCMH, Crozer Brinton Lake and Crozer Health at Broomall to provide patients with education, support and resources.
- Positively You, our personal appearance enhancement center
- Home Health Services
- Hospice Services
- Pain Management
- Integrative Care
- Nutritional Counseling
- Support Groups
- Yoga Classes
- Financial Counseling
- Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
- Lymphedema Specialist, fee-based
Breast Health Navigators
As part of its commitment to providing the best possible care for patients, Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Delaware County Memorial Hospital offer Breast Health Navigators to patients diagnosed with breast cancer.
Our navigators are available to provide patients with education, support and resources, as well as to help them overcome any barriers that may prevent them from getting the services they need.
These services are complimentary - there is no charge to patients or their insurance carriers.
For more information, please contact:
Crozer Health Regional Cancer Center at Brinton Lake
Cathleen Petrucci, R.N., MSN
Crozer Health Regional Cancer Center at Broomall
Patricia Hollenback, R.N., BSN, OCN
Crozer Regional Cancer Center at Crozer Chester Medical Center
Barbara Morely, R.N.
Delaware County Regional Cancer Program at DCMH
Alicia McCann, R.N., BSN