Why Choose Cleveland Clinic for Breast Cancer Care?
Our Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program is one of the largest and most specialized in the nation. As part of the Case Comprehensive Cancer, we are one of only 41 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation designated by the National Cancer Institute. Cleveland Clinic has also achieved a Three Year Full Accreditation from the American College of Surgeons' National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). Cleveland Clinic is ranked as one of the nation’s top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.
Our multidisciplinary physician team of breast surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, and plastic surgeons work together to provide customized, coordinated care for patients. We offer the highest-quality screening, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
We are a national leader in intraoperative radiation therapy, novel targeted therapies and adjuvant therapies for breast cancer, and also in fertility preservation for cancer patients. We also participate in important clinical trials of brand new therapies and our patients have access to these trials for every stage of breast cancer. Our cancer specialists are pursuing many promising avenues of research — including the development of a breast cancer vaccine — to bring hope to future patients as well.
What We Treat
About Breast Cancer
- Breast Cancer: An Overview
- Understanding Benign Breast Disease
- Breast Cancer Recurrence
- Breast Cancer in Young Women
- Breast Cancer in Men
- Lobular Breast Cancer
- The Diagnosis is Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer Q&A
- Breast Cancer Q&A: Cancer Pain
- Breast Cancer Q&A: Second Opinion
- Breast Cancer Q&A: Timing of Reconstruction
- I've Found a Breast Lump
Breast Cancer Resources
- Anatomy of the Breast
- Tamoxifen and Breast Cancer
- Breast Cancer: Protecting Fertility
- Benign Breast Disease
- Breast Reconstruction
- Lymphedema Rehabilitation
- Patient Support Services
- Radiation Oncology
- Young Women's Breast Cancer Program
- Breast Augmentation
- Breast Cancer Surgery
- Breast Cancer: Lumpectomy and Partial Mastectomy
- Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer
- Doctors Who Treat Breast Cancer
- Hormone Replacement Therapy and Breast Cancer
- Options in Breast Surgery
- Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer
- Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT)
At Cleveland Clinic our team is committed to providing you with the highest quality, comprehensive, efficient and compassionate care. We offer several community locations for routine screening mammography and consultations for the diagnosis and management of breast disease.
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Breast Center Locations
Whether you’ve just been diagnosed, need a second opinion, or are seeking cancer treatment, Cleveland Clinic Breast Centers provide you comprehensive care for breast disease and cancer treatment.
Cleveland Clinic makes it easy to get your mammogram. Some locations even take walk-ins, without an appointment.
Support & Services
Cleveland Clinic's Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program offers the highest quality care for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of all medical and cosmetic breast problems.
We offer a full range of services to address all of your needs, including:
- Routine screening mammography
- Comprehensive evaluation for patients at high risk due to family history or prior cancer
- Timely diagnosis and treatment
- Second opinions
- Full range of medical and surgical treatment options for breast cancer
- Consultation for breast reconstruction
- Access to the latest clinical research trials
Cleveland Clinic breast cancer patients have access to a wide range of experts who specialize in breast imaging, medical breast care, breast surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery and genetics. Our specialists also offer unique specialty clinics for:
- Young women with breast cancer
- Women with high-risk, hereditary breast cancers
- Women with triple-negative breast cancer
- Women with central nervous system metastases
In addition to offering state of the art diagnostic techniques and breast cancer treatment methods, our breast cancer specialists also offer an array of resources that can help patients cope with the demands of breast cancer. Patients are encouraged to take advantage of these resources to ease the burden of managing breast cancer and breast cancer treatment.
- For more information on a variety of support groups, information, and wellness plans visit the Cancer Patient Education page.
Cleveland Clinic’s Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program offers resources to help patients and their families through the cancer journey. By working with these organizations, we can help extend our patients resources:
- Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio (BCFO) is here to support patients that are experiencing financial hardship while receiving breast cancer care.
Cleveland Clinic's Comprehensive Breast Cancer program offers a free resource called a patient navigator. Your patient navigator assists you throughout the entire breast cancer journey – helping you through the diagnosis, treatment, follow-up care and any obstacles that might arise.
Your patient navigator can help:
- Connect you with the services needed within the Cleveland Clinic health system, community agencies and elsewhere if necessary.
- Schedule and coordinate your appointments.
- Assist with counseling needs and provide emotional support.
- Provide you with resources to assist with financial hardship or other needs.
Clinical Trials & Research
We can help you access hundreds of clinical trials across all specialty areas. Our new searchable online trials tool makes identifying treatment opportunities easier than ever.
Clinical trials can not only expand your treatment options but give hope to others.
Cleveland Clinic offers a wide range of clinical trials that have the potential to advance the cause of preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer. Some of the most important breast cancer trials focus on:
- Triple-negative breast cancer
- Central nervous system (CNS) metastases
- HER-2 targeted therapies
- Liquid biopsy
- Hair loss prevention
Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center Clinical Trials
Clinical trials (or research studies) help us create the medicine of tomorrow. They provide hope through offering testing of new drugs, new surgical techniques or other treatments before they are widely available.
Questions you should ask the doctor or study nurse about cancer clinical trials:
- What is the purpose of the study?
- What has previous research of this treatment shown?
- What is likely to happen in my case with, or without the treatment?
- Are there standard treatments for my type of cancer?
- How does this study compare with standard treatment options?
- What phase is this cancer clinical trial?
- What are the possible short and long-term risks, side effects and benefits of the treatment?
- What kinds of treatments, medical tests, or procedures will I have during the study? And how do they compare with what I would receive outside of the study?
- How long will the study last? Will there be a follow-up after the study?
- Where will my treatment take place? Will I have to be in the hospital?
- How will I know the treatment is working?
- How could the study affect my daily life?
- Will my records be kept confidential?
- Will my insurance pay for the treatments?
- If I decide to withdraw from the study, will my care be affected? Will I need to change doctors?
Cleveland Clinic breast specialists have made enormous progress in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. More women than ever before are winning the fight because of improvements in prevention and detection and the advances in treatment options and services available.
One of the most important advances is the ability to tailor treatment based on the risks and benefits for a specific patient, which could lead to better outcomes and fewer side effects.
Cancer clinical trials offer patients important treatment options and access to the latest treatments and procedures resulting from cancer research. Participation in clinical trials also helps scientists and researchers advance the cause of preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer.
- Learn more about the Cleveland Clinic Breast Center Research Lab.
Breast Cancer Vaccine
Cleveland Clinic is taking the lead in developing a breast cancer vaccine.
Thanks to the dedication and innovation of Dr. Vincent Touhy, the idea that a vaccine can prevent breast cancer may one day become a reality.
Learn more about the research that's being done.
Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center is committed to working with you to provide the best care for your patients. Our team is also dedicated to the training and education of medical professionals to advance cancer care and research.
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Cancer Advances Podcast
A Cleveland Clinic podcast for medical professionals exploring the latest innovative research and clinical advances in the field of oncology. Listen to Cancer Advances.
- Liquid Biopsy in Breast Cancer with Dr. Julie Lang
- Biosignature Predicts Benefit of Adjuvant Radiotherapy in Patients With DCIS with Dr. Chirag Shah
- The Latest Advances in Lymphovenous Bypass Surgery with Dr. Stephanie Valente
- Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Prevention Vaccine with Dr. G. Thomas Budd
- Current Advances in Breast Reconstruction with Dr. Sarah Bishop
- The Latest in Breast Cancer Clinical Trials with Dr. Jame Abraham
- The Evolution of Breast Cancer Radiation with Dr. Chirag Shah
- Insights from Cleveland Clinic’s Breast Cancer Survivorship Program with Dr. Halle Moore
- Advances in Lobular Breast Cancer Research with Dr. Megan Kruse
Consult QD | Cancer
Our cancer care blog for physicians and healthcare professionals. Discover emerging advances, innovations and research insights from Cleveland Clinic Cancer Care specialists. Explore Consult QD.
Hear the inspiring stories of real Cleveland Clinic patients fighting breast cancer.
- Retired Nurse Overcomes Breast Cancer and Heart Attack After Delay Seeking Care
- Young Man Discovers Lump on Chest, Never Expects Breast Cancer
- Breast Cancer Survivor Learns the Difference a Caring and Compassionate Team Can Make
- Cleveland Clinic Nurse Overcomes Stage 1 Cancer Diagnosis and Double Mastectomy
- Mammogram Helps Woman Attain Long-Sought Preventive Care
- No Looking Back for Breast Cancer Survivor After Mastectomy and Lymphedema
- Breast Cancer Patient Discovers 100 Years of Family History with Same Disease
- NYC Woman Navigates Breast Cancer Diagnosis During COVID-19 Pandemic
- Triathlete Battles Breast Cancer, Discovers She Has Aortic Aneurysms
- Nurse Living With Breast Cancer Helps Patients Just Like Her
- Man Fighting Breast Cancer Is Grateful for Family, Faith and Quick Access to Care
- Breast Cancer Patient Feels Sensation Again After Nerve-Restoring Surgery
- Young Mom With Metastatic Breast Cancer Fights to Impact Medical Research
- Woman Overcomes Breast Cancer, Becomes Mom After Treatment Preserved Fertility
Find helpful posts from Cleveland Clinic’s Health Essentials site. Discover the latest breast cancer health and wellness tips.
- Can Anyone Get a 3D Mammogram, and Is It Covered By Insurance?
- Implants or Tissue Transfer: What’s Right for You After a Mastectomy?
- Does Using Hair Dye Increase Your Breast Cancer Risk?
- Breast Cancer Genes Explained: How & When to Get Tested
- Is a Preventative Breast Cancer Vaccine in Our Future?
- Skipped Your Mammogram Due to COVID-19? Schedule One Now
- Can Exercise Reduce My Risk of Breast Cancer?
- Thermography vs. Mammography: What Are the Differences and Is One Better Than the Other?
- Don’t Be Alarmed by This COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effect That Could Be Confused With Breast Cancer
- Is It Safe To Get a Mammogram During the Pandemic?
- How Fast Does Breast Cancer Spread?
- Why Do My Breasts Itch Inside?
- Where Does Breast Cancer Spread?
- 14 Questions You Should Ask Your Doctor About Your Breast Cancer Diagnosis
- Can Soy Cause Breast Cancer?
- Is It Safe To Get a Mammogram During the Pandemic?
- Should You Have Chemotherapy Before Surgery for Breast Cancer
- 4 Ways Your Genes Affect Breast Cancer Care
- If You Have Breast Pain, Should You Worry?
- Male Breast Cancer: It’s Less Common Than in Women, But Still Serious
- Joint Pain: A Common Side Effect of Certain Breast Cancer Treatments
- How to Beat Fatigue in Your Breast Cancer Fight
- The Best Foods to Eat When You Have Breast Cancer
Virtual Patient Event: Breast Cancer 101
During our virtual patient event, Breast Cancer 101, experts in Cleveland Clinic's Breast Cancer Program walk through the experience of a newly diagnosed breast cancer patient. They explain diagnostic testing, medical terminology and factors they consider when making treatment recommendations for patients.
Virtual Patient Event: Breast Cancer and Your Genes
During our virtual patient event, Breast Cancer and Your Genes, members of the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Program discuss genetic testing, how to cope with genetic results and treatment options for patients with genetic related breast cancer and those at high-risk for the development of breast cancer.
Listen to episodes from Cleveland Clinic’s Butts & Guts podcast about breast cancer topics:
- Learning About Lymphovenous Bypass Surgery with Dr. Julie Lang & Dr. Stephanie Valente
- Updates in Breast Cancer Screening with Dr. Laura Dean
- Breast Cancer Risk Factors & Screening: A Radiologist's Perspective with Dr. Laura Shepardson
- Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment During the Coronavirus Pandemic with Dr. Halle Moore
- Mammogram Screenings: What you need to know with Dr. Laura Dean
- Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer with Dr. Holly Pederson
- Early Stage Breast Cancer: Exploring Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) with Dr. Stephanie Valente
Listen to episodes from Cleveland Clinic’s Health Essentials podcast about breast cancer topics:
- Breast Cancer Vaccine Trial: What You Need to Know with Dr. Thomas Budd
- Life After Breast Cancer with Dr. Kathleen Ashton
- Lumps, Skin Changes and Other Breast Cancer Concerns with Dr. Megan Kruse
- Breast Cancer: Basics and Beyond with Dr. Jame Abraham
Listen to episodes from Cleveland Clinic’s The Comeback podcast to hear patients share their experiences of perseverance and determination in their fight against breast cancer.
- Young Woman Relishes Motherhood after Special Therapy Protects Fertility during Breast Cancer Treatment
- Woman Fighting Breast Cancer Thankful after Radiation Prep Uncovers Second Hidden Cancer
- ‘Cooling Cap’ Helps Save Mom’s Hair during Breast Cancer Treatment
Listen to the following episodes to help with relaxation, healing and pain management.
Hereditary High Risk Clinic
Cleveland Clinic offers a unique, hereditary high risk clinic to help manage the risk for individuals with identified mutations and untested family members, or a strong family history of breast cancer.
Characteristics that may suggest a hereditary predisposition include:
- diagnosis of breast cancer before age 50
- triple negative breast cancer
- two breast cancer primaries
- several family members on the same side with breast and/or ovarian cancer or pancreatic cancer
- male breast cancer
- and/or a known familial gene mutation.
Early identification of patients at increased risk due allows for a proactive approach to care, including genetic counseling, education about lifestyle changes, enhanced surveillance, chemoprevention, and risk-reduction surgery.
Young Women’s Services
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 multidisciplinary team consists of surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, plastic surgeons, psychosocial specialists, rehabilitation specialists, geneticists and fertility specialists. We 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.
To make an appointment with one of the specialists in the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Program, please call 216.444.3024.
Treatments & Services
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 survivor-ship services are available to guide transition to routine medical follow-up following initial cancer treatment.
Fertility Counseling and Fertility Preservation
Patients still in their reproductive years 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.
When a young woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, she often meets with a genetic counselor to see if there is a hereditary predisposition to breast cancer. If one is found, her family members can also choose to undergo genetic testing to see if they are also predisposed. We also offer a sub-specialty Hereditary High Risk Clinic so that women can be further educated and informed, and discuss their specific risks and options.
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. Our social workers can help you and your family deal with the impact breast cancer has on your lives.
- Ryan Noss, MS, LGC