Comprehensive Breast Center
For the thousands of American women diagnosed with breast cancer each year, it means uncertainty. Patients ask many questions: "What's my prognosis? Where will I be treated? Who will be my doctor?”
And perhaps most importantly: “What happens next?"
Led by fellowship-trained Breast Surgeon Dr. Kahyun Yoon-Flannery, Medical Director of the Kennedy Comprehensive Breast Center, and Dr. Tamara A. LaCouture, Radiation Oncology Medical Director – our Cancer Center team in South Jersey provides specialized and technologically advanced treatment options to address the unique personal and physical challenges of each person facing a breast cancer diagnosis.
Our caring team of cancer specialists work together to create the most effective breast cancer treatment program possible based on each patient’s individual needs. This sophisticated level of care is delivered in a personalized atmosphere of hope and healing.
For more information about the Comprehensive Breast Center at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center — Washington Township or other cancer treatment services available, please call 856-218-2100 or click on the link below.
Chemotherapy is the process of using pharmaceutical drugs to treat and destroy cancer cells.
Chemotherapy is the most common form of cancer treatment. While surgery and radiation remove, damage or kill cancer cells in a specific area, chemotherapy can destroy cancer throughout the entire body.
The cancer killing drugs are delivered to the patient using an intravenous system such as an IV, port or PICC line and is therefore less invasive than surgery.
For more information on chemotherapy at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center — Washington Township or other cancer treatment services available, please call 856-218-5324.
Clinical Cancer Genetics Program
What is genetic counseling?
Genetic counseling is a process by which a genetic specialist educates families about their risk of having an inherited disorder, as well as the testing, management, and screening options available for at-risk individuals.
What we offer through cancer genetic consultation and counseling:
- Careful review of a patient’s medical history, family history, and other risk factors
- Estimating the likelihood that cancers in the family are hereditary, and the patient’s individual risk of developing specific cancers
- Discussion of the benefits, limitations, and implications of genetic testing
- When appropriate, facilitating genetic testing for at risk individuals, and providing a detailed explanation of the results and their meaning
- Review of cancer screening and risk reduction recommendations tailored to the patient’s level of risk
- Opportunity to enroll in unique clinical trials, genetic testing studies, and cancer registries to further understand the genetics of cancer
Genetic counseling is not the same as genetic testing. If genetic testing is indicated, a well-informed patient can elect to undergo testing to more accurately estimate his or her cancer risks.
For more information about Cancer Genetis Services at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center — Washington Township or other cancer treatment services available, please call 856-218-5324.
The immune system is our bodies natural process for fighting off disease and illness. Immunotherapy is a cancer treatment that uses specific elements of your natural immunity to help fight cancer.
Immunotherapy stimulates your personal immune system to work harder and smarter to attack cancer cells, and also provides additional man-made chemical components to aid in the cancer fighting process.
In the last few decades immunotherapy has become an important part of treating some types of cancer. Newer types of immune treatments are now being studied, and they’ll impact how we treat cancer in the future.
For more information on immunotherapy at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center — Washington Township or other cancer treatment services available, please call 856-218-5324.
Lung Nodule Center
The new Lung Nodule Center at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center — Washington Township provides continuation of care for high-risk patients who have been diagnosed with a lung nodule. Lung nodules are defined as abnormal spots or lesions on a lung scan. High-risk patients include individuals age 55-77 who have a tobacco-smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (meaning they smoked the equivalent of a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years, or about two packs per day for 15 years); as well as those who are either currently smoking or have quit less than 15 years ago.
Jefferson's multidisciplinary team consists of:
- Thoracic Surgeons
- Nurse Navigators
- Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists
- Certified Medical Assistants.
Jefferson's Lung Nodule team provides state-of-the-art medical care for lung nodules. Jefferson's team of experts will diagnose the severity of nodules through a unique approach involving detailed evaluation and discussion of imaging results and patient health history.
Benefits of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center — Washington Township's new Lung Nodule Center include:
- Specialized nurse navigators to expedite the process, alleviate barriers, schedule appointments and monitor follow-up care
- High-tech nodule evaluation
- Physician experts, who closely monitor nodules
- A comprehensive approach to nodule treatment and care
- Identification of lung cancer in its earliest stages
- Access to smoking cessation counseling with a certified tobacco treatment specialist.
By providing patients with personalized and compassionate care, Jefferson’s advanced approach allows all services to be provided in a single visit. Patients considered to be at high-risk for lung cancer should talk to their primary care physician about referral to the Lung Nodule Center. The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center — Washington Township is a designated Lung Cancer Screening Center through the American College of Radiology (ACR) and a Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence.
Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Centers of Excellence are accredited using numerous criteria including:
- Utilizes low dose radiation parameters for the CT Chest exam, limiting radiation exposure
- Experienced Radiologists interpret scans
- Screening exams are reported using the American College of Radiology Lung-RADS Scoring for classification of nodules
- Screening Center of Excellence is in contact with primary care provider to advise of any follow-up testing or care that is needed post exam
- Multidisciplinary team in place to evaluate, diagnose and treat discovered nodules
- Follows guidelines set forth by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for determining eligibility for screening.
To learn more about the accreditation visit: https://lungcanceralliance.org/risk-early-detection/screening-centers/.
For more information about the Lung Nodule Center at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center — Washington Township or other cancer treatment services available, please call 856-218-5324.
Radiation is a special kind of energy carried by waves or a stream of particles. At high dosages, it can be used to painlessly treat cancer and other illnesses, called Radiation Therapy. SKCC Radiation Oncology uses advanced technology, including 3D treatment planning and Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), to treat certain types of cancer. These technologies support our goal of delivering the necessary dose of radiation to the cancer site, while minimizing the exposure of normal tissue and other organs in the area.
Cancer patients whose treatment options were once limited have new opportunities at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center — Washington Township thanks to the TrueBeam™ system from Varian Medical Systems. This advanced radiotherapy technology makes it possible to deliver fast, accurate image-guided treatments within just a few minutes per day.
For more information on radiation oncology at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center — Washington Township or other cancer treatment services available, please call 856-582-3008.
While surgery may be used to diagnose or stage cancer, when it comes to treating cancer, surgery can be effectively used in many different ways.
Primary surgery is most commonly used to remove cancerous or malignant tumors along with some of the healthy surrounding tissue. In some cases, minimally invasive surgery may be used which cans help speed recovery.
Debulking is a process in which the surgeon removes as much of the tumor as possible. Additional treatments such as radiation or chemotherapy will then be used to shrink the remaining tumor.
Minimally invasive surgery is a technique where a surgeon uses one or more small incisions to remove cancerous tissue from the body. These surgeries usually result in shorter reovery times and less pain during the healing process. Some examples of minimally invasive procedures are:
- Laparoscopic surgery
- Laser surgery
- Microscopically controlled surgery
For more information on cancer surgical treatment at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center — Washington Township or other cancer treatment services available, please call 856-218-5324.