The staff in the Breast Center includes breast surgeons, medical breast specialists, and radiologists who focus on breast cancer screening and surgical treatment, advanced diagnostic breast imaging, and high-risk screening and prevention.
Breast surgeons and medical breast specialists collaborate in the main campus Breast Center, Beachwood Breast Center, Strongsville Breast Center, and at Fairview Hospital, with screening mammography available at these locations in addition to 16 family health centers.
In 2009, Fairview Hospital’s Breast Center became the first in Ohio to earn accreditation from the American College of Surgeons National Accreditation Programs for Breast Centers. Cleveland Clinic Breast Centers at Main Campus and Beachwood Family Health and Surgery Center received this distinction in 2012.
Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.
To offer patients state-of-the-art surgical options, the Breast Center staff includes a team of microvascular breast reconstructive surgeons who specialize in the DIEP free-flap reconstruction – a type of reconstruction offered only in a select group of centers worldwide. Additionally, Cleveland Clinic’s breast MRI program has set the standard for breast MRI in staging and high-risk screening.
In 2010, a comprehensive task force of Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer specialists sorted through controversies in screening guidelines and recommended that most women continue annual screening beginning at age 40.
Breast Center physicians have collaborated with basic science colleagues in the development of a breast cancer vaccine.