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Spotlight: Breast Health Nurse Practitioner

Meet Cheryl Williams, MSN, CRNP, RNFA

Cheryl Williams has been a nurse practitioner with the Penn Women's Specialty Center since 2016. She practices at Penn Women’s Specialty Center at Fern Hill Medical Campus and Penn Medicine Southern Chester County

Cheryl Williams, MSN, CRNP, RNFA

Q: What is your role as a nurse practitioner on the breast surgery team?
A: As a nurse practitioner with the breast surgery team, I work closely with our fellowship-trained breast surgeons. I see patients for consultations in the office and also work directly with our breast surgeons in the operating room, providing hands-on assistance during surgery as a first assistant.

Q: What type of patients do you see?
A: I see new and returning patients with a variety of needs, including those with benign breast disease and those who need follow-up cancer care. Some common visits include an abnormal mammogram, breast lump, breast pain, nipple discharge, breast infection or a family history of breast cancer.

Q: What inspired you to become a nurse practitioner and specialize in breast health?
A: I have wanted to become a nurse for as long as I can remember. Once I was in the field, I wanted to further my education to become a nurse practitioner and utilize my nursing background to evaluate, diagnose and initiate treatment. I wanted to specialize in breast health to provide comprehensive breast care and education to individuals.

Q: What excites you about the field of breast care?
A: I truly love taking care of patients from diagnosis to treatment while providing personalized care and breast health education.

Q: If you were to offer one piece of advice about breast health, what would it be?
A: Research shows that a healthy lifestyle can decrease the risk of breast cancer. This includes eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, limiting alcohol consumption and maintaining a healthy weight. I also recommend monthly self-breast examinations. And finally, all women over 40 should undergo annual screening mammography.

Cheryl is accepting new patients at both offices. For more information, contact the Penn Women's Specialty Center at 610-423-4556.



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