Cynthia A. Bergman, MD
Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111
Fox Chase Cancer Center Buckingham
2365 Heritage Center Drive
Furlong, PA 18925
Attending Surgeon, Gynecologic Oncology
Director and primary provider, Women's Menopausal and Sexual Health Program
Combined-Modality Therapy for Gynecologic Cancers; Minimally invasive surgery; Wellness support
One reason I chose to work at Fox Chase is because we have the best tools available to accurately assess and treatcomplex gynecologic conditions. We have the latest technology to perform surgery, and as a multispecialty center, we can handle unexpected findings as well. This results in better outcomes for my patients.
I like to offer my patients options rather than dictating one treatment approach. My mother had breast cancer, which has given me better insight into the issues facing my patients. As the mother of three, I have a broad life perspective for this field. And I realize that my patients don't always understand the medical information being presented to them; I take the time to translate the information so they can understand the terminology, which helps them in the decision-making process. Partnering with my patients to develop a treatment plan that is both medically and personally appropriate is the most rewarding aspect of my practice.
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- Fellow, University of Michigan, 1993-1996
- Fellow, MD Anderson Cancer Center Rutledge, 1991
- Resident, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, IL
- MD, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, 1989
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Gynecologic Oncology, Board Certified
- American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists
- North American Menopause Society
- Society of Gynecologic Oncologists
- Norman F. Miller Society, University of Michigan alumni
If you have a question about Fox Chase Cancer Center, ask Robin Luber. She spends every Wednesday volunteering at Fox Chase so you are likely to see her walking the halls helping patients and families or in the Family Surgical Waiting Lounge. She also volunteers in Social Services assisting the social workers with administrative tasks. "I love this job," shared Robin. "I help patients, their families, and the staff. It's very rewarding." And that's coming from a former patient.
Linda Stockman-Vines considers herself lucky. She has been closely monitored by the doctors at Fox Chase Cancer Center since 1993, but does not have cancer. Instead, Linda has a strong family history of cancer and wants to do all she can to avoid getting cancer if she can.
Tracy Gatto and her mom, Rita, are extremely close. After losing her father in 2008 to lung cancer, Tracy moved in with her mom. At the time, they had experienced a lot of loss to cancer. So in July 2011, when Tracy detected a lump on her right breast, this mother-daughter duo was terrified. Instinctively, Tracy, who was 28, knew something was seriously wrong. “I called my doctor right away and she sent me for a mammogram, which was followed by an ultrasound and biopsy at a community hospital,” recalls Tracy. The results confirmed her worst fears – she had breast cancer.
Although Judee Bushko had not experienced dramatic symptoms prior to being diagnosed with stage 3-C endometrial cancer, she had a feeling that something wasn't right. "I started to experience some spotting," said Judee, who turned 63 in 2011. Despite her normal exam with a Pap smear in January 2007, she went back to her doctor in November, who sent her for a vaginal ultrasound. After the exam, her doctor ordered further testing.
Judy Tomarchio didn't spend her honeymoon lying on a beach or cruising the Mediterranean. Instead, the South Philadelphia native found herself on the operating table at Fox Chase. In 2007, Judy, who was 54, was being treated for leiomyosarcoma, a rare kind of cancer of the soft tissue that can arise from smooth muscle cells anywhere in the body. "We moved the wedding up so we'd be married before the surgery," recalls Judy. "My Dave was with me from day one - he was my rock."