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Surgery for Cancer
In many situations, surgery is part of the treatment plan or is required to diagnose a cancer. It is often combined with chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. Members of The Chester County Hospital surgical staff work in concert with your oncologist and other surgical specialists in the areas of gynecology, breast, head and neck, gastroenterology and urology.
Board certified in their areas of expertise, these surgeons keep abreast of changes in surgical techniques and emerging technologies to offer patients the most up-to-date procedures.
The Women's Specialty Center provides breast care and gynecologic-oncology services with a dedicated team of professionals. Outpatient surgery is offered through the Hospital's Ambulatory Care Center.
Radiology Outpatient Services
Comprehensive radiology services, including a first of its kind combined PET/CT, are available at The Chester County Hospital campus or at satellite locations in West Chester, Exton and Kennett Square. A joint service of The Chester County Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania Health System's Department of Radiology, patients have the added comfort of knowing that their studies are read by Penn Radiologists, all of whom are board certified, subspecialty or fellowship-trained in imaging.
The Center for Physical Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine
During or after their treatment, cancer patients may experience excessive fatigue and weakness, swelling, or loss of mobility in their arms or legs. The skilled physical therapists and occupational therapists at the Center's three outpatient facilities can design a course of therapy to help prevent or slow the progression of these conditions. Our staff also includes therapists specially trained in the treatment of lymphedema, particularly because of breast surgery.
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Often overlooked by patients when making decisions about where to seek cancer care, pathologists are a vital part of the care team. Trained in the morphologic diagnosis and classification of disease including the evaluation of cell type and grade of cancers, pathologists have the responsibility of examining tissue to determine if a tumor is benign or cancerous. The Chester County Hospital Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine enjoys a widespread reputation for excellence, and is frequently consulted by other physicians in the tri-state region
Neighborhood Health Agencies, Inc.
Your care may involve home-based services following treatment or surgery. The Hospital's team of case managers will help you and your family coordinate what home services are needed to support your recovery. Many of our patients choose Neighborhood Health Agencies, Inc. (NHA), the area's most experienced home-care agency. Part of The Chester County Hospital and Health System, NHA is ideally equipped to meet a wide range of patient needs-from medication to rehabilitation. Their rehabilitation specialists are highly-skilled at handling varied orthopedic conditions.
Patients whose disease is incurable may want to consider hospice care. Hospice neither hastens nor postpones death; rather, by addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual concerns that often accompany end-of-life care, it can give families the opportunity to care for loved ones during a difficult time, in familiar and comfortable surroundings. The focus of hospice is on controlling symptoms while emphasizing comfort.
The decision to seek hospice care is one that is made by the entire team of caregivers and, most important, you and your family. The Cancer Program will assist in arranging for hospice care through NHA or an agency of your choice. Your oncologist will continue to provide support to you and your family once you have been admitted to a hospice program.
Last Updated: 4/21/2010