Jefferson Health Northeast


Cancer Treatment Programs

Breast Health Program

Jefferson Torresdale Hospital provides one of the most talented medical teams in our region, including surgeons Ronit Sugar, MD, and Yi Huang, MD. We're proud to offer you the quality you deserve right in your own neighborhood with services such as:

  • Innovative wire-free localization technology for precise surgical lumpectomy
  • Fast-Track program for same-day results

In addition, our Breast Health Program is National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) – administered by the American College of Surgeons. With Dr. Sugar and Dr. Huang on our team, we're committed to serving the women of our community with excellence, compassion, convenience, and respect.

Medical Oncology & Infusion Suite

The new Medical Oncology program at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Torresdale provides comprehensive preventative cancer care. Along with the new Infusion Suite, the medical oncology services offered are chemotherapy, immunotherapy, cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling and supportive care.

Led by Avnish Bhatia, MD, Clinical Lead, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Torresdale, and Allison Zibelli, MD, Division Director, Regional Cancer Care, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, our medical oncology specialists treat patients through a multidisciplinary approach, providing personalized, holistic care.

This state-of-the-art, patient-centered program also provides well-coordinated, team-based care for the highest quality outcomes. Our dedicated cancer experts provide care for patients with all types of cancers, including cancers of the lung, colon and rectum, breast, pancreas, stomach, esophagus, prostate, bladder, and head and neck, as well as melanoma (including skin and uveal), lymphoma, and multiple myeloma.

Radiation Oncology

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Torresdale boasts an experienced team of radiation oncologists, physicists, nurses, and therapists that provide a comprehensive evaluation patients with the assistance of the newest technology available. Patients have access to the latest radiation therapy technology and delivery systems, national clinical research studies, and multidisciplinary treatment programs.


The immune system is our bodies natural process for fighting off disease and illness. Immunotherapy is a cancer treatment that uses specific elements of your natural immunity to help fight cancer. Immunotherapy stimulates your personal immune system to work harder and smarter to attack cancer cells, and also provides additional man-made chemical components to aid in the cancer fighting process. In the last few decades immunotherapy has become an important part of treating some types of cancer. Newer types of immune treatments are now being studied, and they'll impact how we treat cancer in the future. 


Chemotherapy is the process of using pharmaceutical drugs to treat and destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy is the most common form of cancer treatment. While surgery and radiation remove, damage or kill cancer cells in a specific area, chemotherapy can destroy cancer throughout the entire body. The cancer killing drugs are delivered to the patient using an intravenous system such as an IV, port or PICC line and is therefore less invasive than surgery.

Cancer Risk Assessment and Clinical Cancer Genetics Program

Genetic counseling is a process by which a genetic specialist educates families about their risk of having an inherited disorder, as well as the testing, management, and screening options available for at-risk individuals.

We provide thorough cancer risk assessment, genetic consultation and counseling:

  • Careful review of a patient's medical history, family history, and other risk factors
  • Estimating the likelihood that cancers in the family are hereditary, and the patient's individual risk of developing specific cancers
  • Discussion of the benefits, limitations, and implications of genetic testing
  • When appropriate, facilitating genetic testing for at risk individuals, and providing a detailed explanation of the results and their meaning
  • Review of cancer screening and risk reduction recommendations tailored to the patient's level of risk
  • Opportunity to enroll in unique clinical trials, genetic testing studies, and cancer registries to further understand the genetics of cancer

Genetic counseling is not the same as genetic testing. If genetic testing is indicated, a well-informed patient can elect to undergo testing to more accurately estimate his or her cancer risks.

Lung Cancer Screening Program

Our Comprehensive Lung Cancer Screening Program provides people who are at risk for developing lung cancer, such as current and former smokers, with personalized testing and sophisticated care based on the latest research findings.

We use low-dose computed tomography (CT) scanning to identify possible signs of lung cancer. CT scans merge X-ray views from different angles, producing a two-dimensional, cross-sectional image of your lungs. This approach is significantly more effective than conventional x-rays in finding signs of cancer early, when it is easiest to treat.

Jefferson Health's lung cancer screening team includes board-certified specialists from such fields as radiology, medical oncology, pulmonary medicine, thoracic surgery, and radiation oncology. As a Jefferson patient, you will benefit from the combined expertise of our highly qualified team members.

Because of our expertise and results, Jefferson Health has been named a Lung Screening Center of Excellence by the National Lung Cancer Alliance.