Cleveland Clinic's Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program offers the highest quality of care for breast cancer services, including mammography, diagnosis and treatment of breast conditions and cosmetic breast problems.
Selecting a Breast Center for mammography and care is important, and we want you to feel comfortable with the staff and physicians who will be performing your mammography or treatment. If you have any questions about mammography or breast cancer, please contact the Cleveland Clinic Breast Center today at 216.444.3024. For your convenience, we have breast cancer experts available at a large number of our suburban family health centers located throughout the area.
If you’re confused about when to have a mammogram and what kind you should have, you’re not alone. Download this fact sheet for information on Mammography 101 and have your questions answered.
From Mammography to Treatment: Our Full Range of Services
From screening mammography to breast cancer surgery and reconstruction, Cleveland Clinic's Breast Center offers a comprehensive prevention, detection and treatment program, including:
- Digital mammography
- Dedicated breast MRI
- Metastatic workup, including bone scans, CT scans and PET scans, nuclear medicine
- Image-detected biopsies (both prone and upright stereotactic biopsy modality options)
- Breast surgery consultation/treatment
- Plastic surgery consultation/treatment
- Surgical correlation with imaging
- Preoperative planning with multidisciplinary team
- Advanced surgical techniques such as nipple-sparing mastectomy, oncoplastic and reduction lumpectomy, mammary ductoscopy and DIEP flap reconstruction
- Leading-edge equipment, including SPY Elite® System, ductoscopy and intraoperative placement of radiation catheters
- Minimally invasive techniques used, whenever possible
- Neoadjuvant hormonal therapy
- Neoadjuvant chemotherapy
- Access to clinical trials
- 3-D conformal CT planning
- Partial breast radiation
- Accelerated and hyperfractionated radiation
- Access to clinical trials
Genetic Evaluation & Management
- Risk assessment
- Genetic testing
- Psychosocial support services
- Survivorship clinic
- Community education and prevention
- Patient navigation
- Financial services
- Tumor registry and quality monitoring
Cleveland Clinic's Breast Center works directly with the Department of Plastic Surgery for breast reconstructions, offering patients the latest in reconstructive options.
For women who must face a mastectomy or lumpectomy (also known as a partial mastectomy), breast reconstruction offers a renewed sense of completeness. Improvements in plastic surgery techniques offer better breast reconstruction results than ever before, making breast reconstruction a favorable option during or following breast cancer surgery.
Our reconstructive plastic surgeons offer breast cancer patients individualized support and attention to ensure patients understand their choices and recommend the best option for their situation, considering their personal preferences, expectations, cancer staging and body health.
Download our Comprehensive Breast Reconstruction Guide.
A breast cancer diagnosis can be a very scary thing at any age. But for young women under the age of 50, there may be additional concerns such as genetic risk factors and long-term effects of treatment that may impact fertility, quality of life or overall health. Many women are not sure where to turn or what their first step should be.
At Cleveland Clinic, we are here to help you throughout your journey and provide the highest quality and compassionate care personalized for you. Our Young Women’s Breast Cancer Program is designed to provide care from our multidisciplinary team to help you throughout your diagnosis and treatment. Our team consists of surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, plastic surgeons, psychosocial specialists, rehabilitation specialists, geneticists and fertility specialists. Our nurses will help you prepare for your upcoming visit and will set up your appointments. You may choose to see many of the different specialists on the same day or return at another time.
Treatments & Services
Our team will work with you to determine the best course of treatment for your breast cancer diagnosis and address any concerns that treatment may have on your overall health. The type of treatment recommended will depend on the size and location of the tumor in the breast, the results of lab tests done on the cancer cells and the stage or extent of the disease.
For most young women with breast cancer chemotherapy, hormonal treatments, or both are recommended as part of the treatment plan. Chemotherapy and hormonal treatments are individualized according to patient and disease-related factors. Genetic factors, desire for future childbearing and specific concerns about late effects of treatments are also taken into account during treatment planning. A variety of survivorship services are available to guide transition to routine medical follow-up following initial cancer treatment.
Fertility Counseling and Fertility Preservation
Many patients in our Young Women’s Clinic are still in their reproductive years. Therefore, our patients have unique concerns and needs while planning cancer treatments. Although cancer therapies have become very effective, they can also compromise future fertility. Fertility specialists are available to discuss your risks as well as fertility-preserving options as you plan for cancer treatments.
Social Work Consultation for the Young Women’s Breast Clinic
Dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis profoundly impacts young women and their families on multiple levels. An important member of the treatment team, the Licensed Independent Social Worker, can assist by helping her both emotionally and from a practical standpoint to deal with the impact of breast cancer on her life and that of her family. Even women who ordinarily feel they cope well with the usual challenges in life can benefit from speaking to a Social Worker to better appreciate what to anticipate and how to manage issues which arise from being diagnosed with breast cancer.
Research & Innovations
Our team has made tremendous advancements in the detection and treatment of breast cancer in young women. Because of our extensive breast cancer research, clinical trials and innovative treatment options are available.
From support groups to social work counseling, we are here to help you throughout your cancer journey. We have many great resources available both online and at your appointment to help educate you on your diagnosis, treatment and follow up care.
Make an Appointment
To make an appointment with one of the specialists in the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Program, please call 216.444.3024.
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Call us for an Appointment
To find a Breast Center specialist for your needs, contact the Breast Center at 866.320.4573
To arrange a same-day visit, call 216.444.3024
This information is provided by Cleveland Clinic and is not intended to replace
the medical advice of your doctor or health care provider.
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