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    "Personalized care means something different here at Einstein. We treat the whole person, not just their disease." – Lisa Jablon, MD, FACS, Director of Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia's Breast Health Program and Einstein Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Program

    Our nationally renowned cancer specialists are committed clinicians, practitioners and researchers. Our commitment to research allows us to offer patients the most promising new therapies. We believe that it is important to develop better therapies for patients who have a poor prognosis with currently available treatments.

    Surgery & Procedures

    Minimally invasive biopsies that preserve tissue and help avoid unnecessary surgery.

    Sentinel node biopsy. This procedure helps surgeons pinpoint which lymph nodes may be affected by breast cancer. Because fewer lymph nodes are removed, there are typically fewer side effects. Our physicians have performed thousands of these procedures.

    Skin-sparing mastectomy. At the time of mastectomy surgery, the surgical team, including a skilled plastic surgeon, can perform immediate breast reconstruction using the patient’s own skin – resulting in a more natural-looking breast.

    Oncoplastic surgery. This surgical technique combines oncological surgery (removal of the cancerous tumor) with breast reconstruction. This helps to preserve the shape and appearance of the breast.

    Radiation Oncology

    Radiation treatment. Our radiation oncologists use advanced radiation treatment planning techniques to tailor the radiation treatment program to the individual patient. These treatment and planning techniques are customized for each patient to maximize the chance for controlling the tumor while minimizing the risk of side effects. In addition, our radiation oncologists are actively involved in clinical trials that give patients access to the newest and most advanced breast cancer treatments available.

    Medical Oncology

    Chemotherapy. During this treatment phase, physicians use a variety of drug combinations to eliminate cancer cells.

    Our team of board certified medical oncologists are committed to conducting clinical research trials that help find better therapies for our patients. Our medical oncologists and research nurse coordinators actively enroll and treat patients on clinical trials.

    The division maintains leadership positions within the Jefferson Oncology Group, the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) and the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast Project (NSABP).

    Breast Imaging

    We are designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

    The mammography equipment at each of our convenient locations is digital and accredited by the American College of Radiology according to the Mammography Quality Standards Act.

    We offer advanced breast imaging technologies including:

    • digital mammography (digital breast tomosynthesis)
    • ultrasound
    • magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
    • all interventional breast procedures

    The radiology breast team participates in research trials that are designed to enhance their diagnostic skills at finding and diagnosing breast abnormalities.

    Breast Biopsy

    A breast biopsy is a procedure in which breast cells are removed and examined by a pathologist for the presence of cancer. Our physicians offer several minimally invasive techniques for a breast biopsy and discuss which options are most appropriate for the patient.

    Genetic Risk Assessment

    This program is designed for patients who may be at increased risk for breast and ovarian cancer due to family history. Genetic counseling can help patients assess their risk and understand what they can do to reduce their risk for cancer. Genetic testing may also be offered.

    Support and Education Services

    We offer a full array of patient education programs, support groups and one-on-one patient outreach to help women and their families cope with breast cancer.

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    Accreditation & Partnerships

    Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE)
    Breast Imaging Center of Excellence*
    *Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
    National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers*
    *Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia

    Related Podcasts

    Breast Cancer
    Einstein doctors Lisa Jablon and Donee Patterson discuss tools for treating breast cancer, including targeted therapies for dense breasts, and when to use a mammogram, ultrasound or MRI for best detection.

    Myths About Breast Cancer
    True or False? You don’t need a mammogram if you don’t have a family history of breast cancer? False: At least 60% of breast cancers have no family history at all.

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