Treating Breast Cancer With Expert Care & Compassion
No one should have to face breast cancer alone. At Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center we have an experience, caring team bringing you top quality cancer care, right here in South Jersey.
At Jefferson Health, you'll have an expert team by your side every step of the way - from diagnosis to recovery. And you'll have immediate access to everything from advanced screening techniques, to clinical trials, to breakthrough oncology treatments.
We bring you world-class cancer care, close to home. Because when it comes to cancer, we're in this together.
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What is the High Risk Breast Program?
The High-Risk Breast Program, offered at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center - Washington Township, works with you to identify your personal cancer risk through a screening risk assessment. This screening can start you on your path to identify strategies to reduce your breast cancer risk and improve your 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 (BMI). About 5-10% of breast cancers are estimated to be hereditary or passed through families. A women’s risk of breast cancer depends on personal risk factors and family history.
We have brought together an expert multidisciplinary team of breast surgeons, medical oncologists, advanced practice nurses, genetic counselors and nurse navigators to provide you with:
- In-depth evaluation
- Risk assessment and management
- Screenings, education, and preventative treatment options
- Personalized genetic counseling.
What Breast Cancer Risks May Be Addressed?
- Personal history of breast cancer
- High-risk benign lesion 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)
- 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
What to Expect During the Evaluation Visit:
A comprehensive initial visit can be in-person or virtual, via telehealth, with one of our board-certified breast surgeons, advanced practice nurse (APN), or nurse practitioner (NP). The physician, APN or NP 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 risk-reduction medication options
- A discussion of recommended additional screening options, such as automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- A genetic counseling appointment to provide you with education and recommended, personalized genetic testing options.
We also now offer Contrast-Enhanced Mammography (CEM), which uses a standard IV contrast agent, in combination with mammography, for high-level detection.
Enterprise Director of Breast Oncology
Kristin Brill, MD, FACS, is Enterprise Director of Breast Oncology at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health. She is also an Associate Professor at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Brill is a graduate of Hahnemann University School of Medicine and completed her General Surgery Residency at New York Methodist Hospital Dr. Brill also undertook a Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia Medical Center. Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Brill’s special interests include young women with breast cancer and those at high risk. She also holds special interest in breast conservation surgery, oncoplastic surgery, and skin-sparing mastectomy. Dr. Brill is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Breast Surgeons, and the Society of Surgical Oncology.
Dr. Nazarian is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. During her training in General Surgery there, she earned her PhD from the Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation. She is board certified in General Surgery and certified in Breast Surgery by the Society of Surgical Oncology. Dr. Nazarian is also certified in abdominal transplantation by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons - her first career. Dr. Nazarian is a member of the Association for Academic Surgery, the American Society of Breast Surgeons, and serves on the Council of the Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.
Helen joins the Jefferson Comprehensive Breast Program with over 30 years of experience as a registered nurse and 11 years of experience as a breast nurse practitioner. Helen earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Widener University in 1997 and later earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Felician College in 2010. She holds a national certification with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as an adult nurse practitioner.
Helen has a strong passion for women’s health. As a breast cancer survivor herself, she has a special interest in dense breasts, high-risk patients, and breast cancer survivorship. She currently resides in Cherry Hill, NJ, with her husband and daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and walking her two dogs, Roxie and DJ.
Cathy Oplinger MSN, RN, OCN, AMB-BC
Cathy Oplinger MSN, RN, OCN, AMB-BC, has worked in oncology since 2009, navigating care for patients in both the surgical and medical specialties. Her nursing career began in 1992, as an LPN, and she went on to obtain her Master’s in Public Health Nursing in August 2021. Cathy is certified in both Oncology and Ambulatory Care, and she is a member of the Aspen University Nursing Honor Society; the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN); and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), in which she served on the board of the local chapter for many years. Cathy's role with the Comprehensive Breast Center is to provide care coordination to patients diagnosed with breast cancer, specifically related to their surgical needs. She has also received recognitions for Nursing, such as the Daisy Award in 2020.
Breast Cancer Awareness News
Accreditation Makes a Difference
Patients receiving care at an NAPBC-accredited center can be confident that the breast care team includes health care professionals from a variety of disciplines who are committed to working together to provide the patient with the best care available throughout the entire course of treatment.
The Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) designation is awarded to breast imaging centers that achieve excellence by seeking and earning accreditation in all of the ACR’s voluntary breast-imaging accreditation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program.
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