General surgeons specializing in breast surgery
work as a team with gynecologists, radiologists,
oncologists, and plastic surgeons within the Joan
Karnell Cancer Center. Our advanced procedures
include skin-sparing mastectomies with immediate
reconstruction, and sentinel lymph node biopsy,
in which dye is injected to determine which nodes
-- if any -- are malignant and require removal.
Our doctors are also at the forefront of new
research on preventing breast cancer. Pennsylvania
Hospital is a site for a study by the Eastern
Oncology Research Group comparing the effectiveness
of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene, two drugs which may
help prevent cancer. Follow-up care is also stressed:
Patients with benign breast disease are followed
on a yearly basis and patients with cancer are
monitored four times a year during the first few
years after surgery.
Surgeons at Pennsylvania Hospital specializing
in breast cancer surgery have been recognized
as the best in the area by Philadelphia Magazines
Top Docs issue.