Published on June 14, 2016

Mercy experts team up for breast care

Maybe you’re worried because you think you found a lump.

Or maybe you noticed fluid leaking from one of your nipples.

Breast care teamThe breast care team at Mercy Philadelphia gets why you might feel alarmed at the idea that something is wrong.

“We understand that any concern a woman has about her breast can make her anxious, even if it’s not cancer,” says Karen Kish, MD, breast surgeon at Mercy Philadelphia, which is a designated Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.

“That’s why the breast care team is here to help at every step.”

That team is made up of doctors, nurses and other staff who focus only on breast health.

“Any woman with any type of breast concern can be helped by our team here at Mercy,” Dr. Kish says.

One of the first team members a patient often meets is the breast nurse navigator. Her job is to guide the patient from diagnosis all the way through to recovery.

“She can help schedule visits for tests or with doctors,” Dr. Kish says. “She’s also there for emotional support.”

Other members of the team include:

  • Breast surgeons
  • A radiologist who interprets imaging results
  • A medical oncologist (cancer doctor)
  • A radiation oncologist for radiation therapy treatments

“We have an entire team of experts in breast health who care for the whole woman,” Dr. Kish says.

“We specialize not just in medical care, but in compassionate care too.”