What is the High Risk Breast Program at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center - Washington Township?

July 23, 2019

Jefferson Health’s expert team created the High Risk Breast Cancer Screening Program to identify patients at high-risk for breast cancer. This screening may help you avoid a cancer diagnosis or employ risk-reducing tactics to help you receive an early diagnosis, often leading to improved health outcomes.

With one in eight women being diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, your breast cancer risk is as important as your blood pressure, cholesterol level, and body mass index. Around 5-10% of breast cancers can be hereditary or passed through families.  A women’s risk of breast cancer depends on personal risk factors and family history. Many women are not sure of their personal risk for developing breast cancer. 

Our multi-disciplinary team – breast surgeons, medical oncologists, advanced practice nurses, genetic counselors and nurse navigators -- provides patients with:

  • In-depth evaluation
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Screenings, education, and preventative treatment   
  • Personalized genetic counseling.

Team members include Kahyun Yoon Flannery, DO, MPH; Diane Gillum, FACS; Michelle Fantazzio, MD, FACS; Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, FACP; Emma Paz-Querubin, RN, APN-C; Sue Saporito, RN, BSN, OCN; and Carey McDougall, MS, LCGC

The High-Risk Breast Program addresses the concerns of women who have:

  • Personal history of breast cancer
  • High risk benign lesions found in breast biopsy including: LCIS (lobular carcinoma in situ) ADH (atypical ductal hyperplasia)
  • Family history of breast cancer in two or more close relatives (parents, siblings, and children)
  • Family history of breast cancer in more than one generation
  • Male relative with breast cancer
  • Family member who has both breast and ovarian cancers
  • Relative who has had a positive BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic test
  • Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish ancestry (with or without a family history of breast or ovarian cancer)
  • Women with known BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations
  • Personal or family history of pancreatic cancer.

A comprehensive initial visit can be in person or via Telehealth with one of our certified breast surgeons or advanced nurse practitioner (APN). The physician or APN will meet with patients to explain the program, take a complete history, perform a breast exam (at an office visit) and provide a plan for follow-up care.

Follow-up care may include:

  • An appointment with the medical oncologist to discuss medication options
  • Further screening options, such as automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • An appointment with our on-site genetic counselor, providing you with education, counseling, and recommended genetic testing options.  

For more information, or to schedule an appointment at the High Risk Breast Program, call 856-218-2100.