Division of Solid Tumor Oncology
Women's Oncologic Health Program
Breast Cancer |
Gynecologic Cancers |
Tiffany P. Avery, MD, MPH
Rebecca J. Jaslow, MD
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Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
The Jefferson Breast Care Center was one of the first in the United States to receive full accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), in recognition that we adhere to the highest clinical standards and offer our patients the valuable benefits of a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis and treatment. Our breast surgeons, plastic surgeons and surgical oncologists perform more than 1,600 procedures annually.
In collaboration with experts at the Kimmel Cancer Center, the team of specialists, including surgeons, surgical oncologists, plastic surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists and pathologists, offers a patient-centric model of care, developing a treatment plan for that is tailored to each patient's unique needs. Services are offered at one convenient location.
Radiation oncologists offer the Active Breathing Coordinator (ABC), which controls the patient's respiration in order to radiation dosage to the heart and lung; inverse-planned intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT); forward-planning IMRT; prone breast irradiation, for the patient with large breasts, which creates an optimal shape for uniform dose delivery and reproducible set-up while eliminating the risk of moist desquamation due to inframammary folds; accelerated partial breast irradiation with external beam, where delivery is hyperfractionated and targets only a section of the breast (lumpectomy cavity region); Mammosite 3D external beam or 3D high-dose-rate (HDR) therapy; and intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT), performed during surgery, which delivers a concentrated beam of radiation to cancerous tissues or tumor beds as they are located.
Medical oncologists utilize standard chemotherapy as well as hormonal and targeted molecular therapies. They have years of experience prescribing chemotherapy before surgery or neoadjuvant chemotherapy, often with dramatic tumor shrinkage. Jefferson Breast surgeons were among the first in the country to offer breast conservation (lumpectomy) and radiation as an alternative to mastectomy for early breast cancer (1979).