Philadelphia has the highest cancer rate of large American cities, and historically higher rates of breast cancer and late-stage diagnosis as compared to the national average. The NCI-designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) breast cancer program provides comprehensive and holistic care through early detection screenings, prevention education, community outreach, treatment and survivorship.
The Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment Program is managed by Celeste Vaughan-Briggs, LCSW, an Oncology Social Worker with over 25 years of experience. The program is designed to make accessible breast cancer screening and treatment services accessible to qualified women. Celeste and her team work directly with women through every stage of breast cancer –from initial diagnosis to survivorship -breaking down barriers to care and providing all necessary resources including counseling to reduce fear of diagnosis and treatment, access to translation services or transportation to treatment/doctors, linkage to home care and additional community resources.
“Our Free Breast & Cervical Screening and Treatment Program provides access to breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic testing for women from the Greater Philadelphia area with prompt follow-through from diagnosis to treatment. Continued generosity from the National Breast Cancer Foundation has allowed us to provide necessary resources to those who are most vulnerable. We are so grateful for their continued partnership.” — Celeste Vaughan-Briggs, LCSW
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