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The diagnosis of breast cancer, or even the thought of it, can be a very stressful time in the life of a woman (or man) and their family. That is why we have designed a seamless program to provide support from the point an abnormal reading is performed through diagnosis, treatment and recovery if cancer is discovered.
If you have a family history of breast cancer, you may be eligible to participate in the Cancer Risk Evaluation Program (CREP). Participants in this program (provided in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania) receive individualized counseling and evaluation of their personal and family risk from a Genetic Counselor. The role of genetics in breast and ovarian cancer will be discussed and the options for genetic testing considered. This program is specifically designed for women who want information about their personal risk for breast and ovarian cancer.
Detection and Diagnosis
Mammography plays a central role in the early detection of breast cancer. Digital mammography is available at all Hospital Radiology locations, providing the latest in high-tech imaging to detect breast cancer at its earliest stages - even before women experience symptoms. It is recommended that women receive a mammogram each year beginning at age 40.
Screening Mammograms include two x-rays of each breast and are reviewed by a Penn Radiologist. If there is area of concern or a lump is detected by a patient or their practitioner, a diagnostic mammogram is used to provide further detail. More x-rays are taken from magnified viewpoints and from various angles to provide as much information as possible for the radiologist to make an accurate diagnosis.
Free Breast Cancer Screenings are offered by the Hospital in collaboration with Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation according to their rules and regulations.
If you are like many others, you may need a little reminding when you are due for your mammogram. That is why we offer an online Screening Genie where you can subscribe to receive reminders by text, email or voicemail of when your next mammogram should be scheduled. This service is free.
The Chester County Hospital Outpatient Radiology Service has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The Chester County Hospital is the first in Chester County to receive this designation.
If you discover a lump, you can request an Accelerated Diagnostic Breast Evaluation within 24 hours of receiving a written prescription from your primary care physician or gynecologist. The prescription is necessary for an urgent diagnostic mammogram.
Care and Coordination
Whether a routine mammogram shows an area of concern or a lump is detected by you or your practitioner, our Breast Care Coordinator is available to guide you step-by-step through each subsequent phase of diagnostic testing, mammogram or ultrasound. She is available to help answer your questions, facilitate appointments and studies and provide support and education to both our patients and their loved ones.
Treatment and Consultation
Once a diagnosis of cancer is determined, our Breast Care Coordinator assists patients in scheduling an appointment with our Women's Specialty Center. Here, they will meet with one of our Breast Surgeons to determine the best course of treatment. Options can include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and hormonal therapy. Our medical oncologists and radiation oncologists on staff work closely with our breast surgeons, Breast Care Coordinator and your primary care physician to collaboratively facilitate your treatment. Our full continuum of care supports the patient not only through diagnosis and treatment, but continues through recovery, management and ongoing support and education.
Cancer Conference and Breast Conference
A multidisciplinary team meets twice each month to discuss patient cases specific to breast cancer. This enables the physicians coordinating the patient's treatment to gain input from a number of healthcare professionals representing a variety of specialties. All recommendations relevant to the patient's care are thoroughly evaluated before a treatment plan is created.
NAPBC and CoC Accreditation
The Breast Health Program at The Chester County Hospital is fully accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). This is a program administered by the American College of Surgeons that acknowledges our firm commitment to offer our patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.
Our Cancer Program is also accredited by the Commission on Cancer.
Last Updated: 12/18/2013