Kathryn Tumelty, CRNP, FNP-C, AOCNP

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Advanced Practice Clinician
​Nurse Practitioner

Specialties

Treatment Philosophy

I chose to work at Fox Chase when we relocated to the Philadelphia area in 2007 to continue my career in oncology at an academic cancer Center. I had started my Career at Duke University and wanted to continue to practice at a center that was dedicated to providing quality, up to the minute care.

I spent over 10 years in the breast medical oncology department at Fox Chase working with women who were diagnosed with breast cancer. It is such a rewarding career to work with these incredibly strong women. In 2018 I transitioned from medical oncology to the Department of Clinical genetics and Risk Assessment. I now get to help patients before they are diagnosed with cancer with hopes of preventing it and guide those at an increased risk. There are so many aspects to cancer care, and at Fox Chase we address all of them.

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Educational Background

  • MSN, Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia,  Richmond, VA, 2003
  • BSN, Nursing,Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA, 2001
  • BA, Sports Medicine, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA, 2000

Certifications

  • Family Nurse Practitioner through AANP
  • Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner through ONCC
  • CRNP, State of PA

Memberships

  • ONS

Honors & Awards

  • Susan Komen Philadelphia – Light of Life award, 2014

Selected Publications

Marion Cole, Shobha Parajuli, Douglas Laske, Lori Goldstein, Tara Morrison, Abir Mukherjee, Kathryn Tumelty, Eric Tetzlaff, Margaret von Mehren, Susan Inniss Peripheral primitive neuroectodermal tumor of the dura in a 51-year-old woman following intensive treatment for breast cancer The American journal of case reports 07/2014; 15:294-9. DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.890656

Tracy Gatto

  • Breast Cancer

In 2011 at the age of 28, Tracy Gatto learned she had breast cancer after she discovered a lump in her breast. She sought a second opinion from a specialist at Fox Chase Cancer Center and immediately felt that was where she wanted to seek treatment. Tracy underwent chemotherapy, followed by surgery and reconstruction. Because of the BRCA1 genetic mutuation she most likely inherited from her father, Tracy had increased risk of ovarian cancer. She worked with the Risk Assessment Program, where she was referred to a surgical gynecologist to discuss the possibility of undergoing a prophylactic oophorectomy to remove her ovaries. Today, Tracy is doing well and even took part in Paws for the Cause, an annual dog walk and fundraiser hosted by Fox Chase, to give back. "It really takes a special person to work at Fox Chase. Everyone I met had a smile on their face and was incredibly positive," she said. "As a receptionist, I knew it can be a struggle to stay positive all day long. It’s hard to make cancer a positive experience, but I never left feeling discouraged."

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