In 2012, Fox Chase nurse Pam Jakubek became a patient herself and gained a greater appreciation for the notion that cancer doesn’t take any days off. Her situation on Christmas Eve activated the hospital’s Rapid Response team, bringing in a full staff on a normally slow day. She was deeply moved by the response of the entire Fox Chase community.
Shelukar worked throughout the year, developing prototypes, and getting feedback from Allison Aggon, DO, a surgical oncologist specializing in breast cancer, as well as our nurse navigators. After months of trial and error, Shelukar had her final product in June 2016. It’s a soft cloth-covered cushion that wraps around the seatbelt and stays in place with a Velcro strip fastener. She named it the Soothing Sleeve.
You may have heard that in January 2016, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), a panel of medical experts, released guidelines recommending that women need fewer mammograms than had been recommended in the past. This can often be confusing, especially for women at increased risk for breast cancer.
An award-winning researcher and associate professor of Cancer Biology at Fox Chase Cancer Center – Temple Health, Jeffrey R. Peterson, PhD, recently earned a $50,000 research grant from the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC), along with his colleagues. The check was presented by Pat Halpin-Murphy, President and Founder, PBCC.
Genetic testing for cancer risks has been getting a lot of attention in the media this year, spurred by news that Angelia Jolie underwent a double mastectomy, after testing positive for a gene that put her at an 87 percent risk of developing breast cancer.
The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) is the premier accreditation for breast centers throughout the United States. Due to its success, the program has sparked interest from more than a dozen foreign centers that want the ability to earn NAPBC accreditation.