Cancer Care for Women
Every woman is different—so is every incidence of cancer. The experts at Penn State Health St. Joseph understand that diagnosing and treating cancer should be personalized. We have a dedicated team of oncology experts with access to the latest clinical trials and state-of-the-art technology so you can get advanced cancer care, close to home.
Prevention and Screenings
The best way to find cancer early-when it is most treatable-is with regular screenings. Women’s Preventative Cancer Screening provides a guide to what screenings you should have and at what age you should start having regular screenings but it is important to talk to your primary care doctor about your personal screening schedule. Your family history and your lifestyle are factors in determining when screenings should begin. Risk evaluation and screening programs we offer at Penn State Health St. Joseph include:
- Cancer Risk Evaluation – To determine your risk for developing a heredity cancer. We provide information, evaluation, genetic counseling and genetic testing (if appropriate) to assist in developing a realistic opinion of your risk status for breast, ovarian, colorectal or other hereditary cancers. To make an appointment or learn more call 610-378-2457 or 610-378-2117.
- Breast Cancer Screening – One in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Annual screening and regular mammograms give women the best chance of beating breast cancer. We offer mammograms services in nine different locations across the region. 3D technology is available at our Bern Campus and Exeter locations. Click here to schedule a No Referral, No Appointment Mammogram, or call Central Scheduling at 610-378-2100.
- Lung Cancer Screening – A low-dose CT lung cancer screening can find lung cancer before symptoms begin, when it is most treatable. If you meet the screening criteria most commercial insurances, including Medicare and Medicaid, will cover the cost of the screening. You or your primary care doctor can call Central Scheduling at 610-378-2100 to schedule your appointment. You are eligible for a screening if you are:
- Age 55-77
- A 30 pack-year history of smoking (1 pack per day x 30 years or 2 pack per day x 15 years, etc.)
- Current smoker or a former smoker who has quit in the last 15 years
- Pap Test – To check for cervical cancer. If the results are normal, you should be tested every three years. Call Central Scheduling at 610-378-2001 or email FindaPhysician@pennstatehealth.psu.edu to get connected.
- HPV Screening – If you get a Pap test and HPV test at the same time, and both are negative, you can move to every-five-year testing schedule. If you only get the Pap test, you should stay on the three-year schedule. To make an appointment or learn more call 610-378-2001.
- Colonoscopy – A colonoscopy every 10 years, a virtual colonoscopy every five years, a Cologuard test every three years or a fecal test every year to check for colorectal cancer. Call Central Scheduling at 610-378-2001 or email FindaPhysician@pennstatehealth.psu.edu to get connected.
Expert Cancer Care
If you have been diagnosed with cancer, you want to be sure you are in the most capable hands. You want a health care team that is fighting the battle with you, who cares about you, works with you to create a personalized treatment and gives you the best chance for the outcome and quality of life you deserve.
Our multidisciplinary team of physicians, oncologists, surgeons, family doctors, pathologists and radiologists, work together with you to create a personalized, coordinated treatment plan. At Penn State Health St. Joseph we offer:
- Leading-edge therapies
- Targeted immunotherapy treatments, including biological modifier therapies.
- Minimally invasive and robotic surgery
- High-precision, high-dose radiation treatments
- Access to national clinical trials
- Supportive programs including nutrition, counselors, palliative care and patient navigators
Multidisciplinary Breast Care Clinic
When you are diagnosed with cancer, it can be scary and confusing. From the moment you have an abnormal mammogram or breast cancer is suspected, you are assigned a breast care navigator to guide you through your diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Our navigators are there to help you through the journey, answer any questions and help remove any barriers that stand between you and your cancer treatment.
Our multidisciplinary team of breast care specialists meets weekly to discuss your treatment and progress. We invite patients to attend the clinic to discuss the physician evaluations, additional diagnostic testing recommendations, follow-up physician appointments and future treatment recommendations. This clinic is designed to deliver coordinated and enhanced patient care.