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About the Breast Cancer Program

Cleveland Clinic’s Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program is unique in its multidisciplinary approach to breast cancer treatment, prevention and detection. Here, you will find a full array of services, from initial screening and diagnosis to innovative breast cancer treatment and supportive counseling.


Our Approach to Breast Cancer Treatment

Cleveland Clinic’s Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program offers the highest-quality care for screening, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, including access to the latest clinical trials. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, our team tailors treatment plans to the patient’s needs, taking into account the type of cancer, the age of the individual, the degree to which the cancer has spread, and the patient’s general health and desires. Our breast cancer specialists also offer an array of resources that can help patients cope with the demands of breast cancer. Treatment and detection services are available at Cleveland Clinic's main campus in downtown Cleveland and at several regional locations.

Cleveland Clinic's Comprehensive Breast Cancer Programs at Main Campus, Beachwood Family Health Center and Fairview Hospital have been awarded a three-year full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Fairview Hospital was the first hospital in Ohio and one of the first in the nation to receive the accreditation. Fairview is also the only hospital on Cleveland's west side to have this designation. 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 learn about the frequency of what tests and screenings you should be getting and why, download the latest health guidelines for women document.

Download the latest health guidelines for women.

Being diagnosed with breast cancer raises many questions. Download a free treatment guide to learn more about the stages of breast cancer, available treatment options and the breast cancer experts at Cleveland Clinic.

Leadership Team

Stephen Grobmyer, MD

Co-leader, Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program
Director, Breast Cancer Program
Section Head, Surgical Oncology

Jame Abraham, MD

Jame Abraham, MD

Co-leader, Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program
Director, Breast Oncology Program

Cleveland Clinic Comprehensive Breast Cancer Team

Breast Imaging Specialists

The staff of the breast imaging department comprises nine physicians who have dedicated their careers to breast imaging through specialized training and experience, and are committed to guiding their patients through every step of the diagnostic process. They understand that news of a questionable finding at a routine examination is highly stressful, and waiting for additional testing causes even more anxiety. Therefore, they try to schedule follow-up testing and even biopsies the same day so that patients can obtain answers as quickly as possible. They also work closely with Cleveland Clinic breast surgeons to plan the best treatment options, when warranted.

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Breast Surgeons

Breast cancer surgeons at Cleveland Clinic offer patients state-of-the-art surgical options combined with a team approach by working with reconstructive and plastic surgeons. Breast conservation surgery involves removing the cancerous portion of the breast and an area of normal tissue surrounding the cancer, while striving to preserve the normal appearance of the breast. The goal of surgery is to remove localized cancer (cancer that hasn’t spread to other parts of the body) by removing the tumor itself. Since various surgical techniques differ in the amount of breast tissue that is removed with the tumor, expert breast surgeons will advise and recommend that best plan of care.

Genetics Specialists

The Center for Personalized Genetic Healthcare (CPGH) provides genetic counseling to individuals with a personal and/or family history of cancer. Majority of cancers occur by chance, or are sporadic. However, some cancers are caused by an inherited gene mutation, or are hereditary. Identifying a hereditary predisposition to cancer allows individuals and families to personalize cancer screening guidelines, medical management and treatment options.

Our comprehensive method for genetic counseling involves:

  • Diagnosis of a genetic condition through review of family and medical history, examination by a clinical geneticist, and if appropriate, genetic testing
  • Education about your specific diagnosis and any associated health risks if known
  • Suggestions for future medical care to optimize your health
  • Discussion of health risks to family members
  • Recommendations regarding genetic testing for at-risk family members and coordination of testing, if desired

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Cancer Rehabilitation and Therapy

Cancer rehabilitation is a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to the evaluation and treatment of patients diagnosed with various forms of cancer. Individualized therapy sessions, a variety of treatment techniques and evidence based practice are utilized in order to maximize the benefits of exercise throughout the disease process. Cancer rehabilitation can address functional issues such as weakness, soft tissue tightness, joint stiffness, fatigue and swelling or edema. Therapists are available in multiple treatment settings including: pre-operative, post-operative, acute care, home health, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. Therapy staff work in conjunction with the medical team to design components of a survivorship care plan in order to optimize overall functional outcomes.

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Medical Breast Services

Cleveland Clinic’s Medical Breast Services team is one of the first and largest of its kind in the United States. Established in 1997, experts are helping meet a growing need for timely access to breast care, personalized risk assessment, risk management and survivorship care.

The Medical Breast Services team is available to address breast concerns such as:

  • Lumps
  • Nipple discharge
  • Pain
  • Rash
  • Abnormal mammograms
  • Individualized risk assessments
  • Counseling on pros and cons of screening breast MRIs and preventive, risk-reducing medications
Medical Oncologists

In cancer treatment, the use of drugs or a combination of drugs may be used to help kill the cancer cells, this is called chemotherapy. A medical oncologist will work with the breast surgeons and breast radiologists to determine if certain drugs should be used in treatment. The medical oncologist may advise the use of drugs in addition to, but not in place of surgery and/or radiation therapy.

The Center’s medical oncologists use a team approach when treating breast cancer with chemotherapy, bringing patients the best chance of survival.

Radiation Oncologists

Radiation therapy is the use of high-energy X-rays or electron beams to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Radiation is a local treatment aimed directly at the affected breast and damages the chromosomes in the cell so that they cannot multiply.

Cleveland Clinic's radiotherapy specialists care for more patients than any other cancer center in Ohio. Cutting edge technologies, dedication to research and education and strong focus on patient care provide better outcomes and experiences for patients.

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Surgical Oncologists

Breast surgery involves removing the cancerous portion of the breast and an area of normal tissue surrounding the cancer. Usually, six weeks of radiation therapy is then used to treat the remaining breast tissue. Most women who have a small, early-stage tumor are excellent candidates for this approach.

Reconstructive Surgeons

Patients recently diagnosed with breast cancer face both survival and body image and self esteem issues. Their decision about having breast reconstruction after a mastectomy or lumpectomy (also known as partial mastectomy) is intensely personal.

Cleveland Clinic Plastic Surgery offers a wealth of experience in this specialized care. They provide not only a high quality of medical care, but also the individualized attention you need to weigh your options. Cleveland Clinic Plastic Surgeons offer excellent support to patients with breast cancer and understand the process necessary in treatment and care to achieve a cure and regain self-image.

Learn more about our breast reconstruction services:

Social Work

If you, or someone you care about, has been diagnosed with cancer, it can be a frightening and challenging time for all concerned. It is a time for:

  • Learning how to live with uncertainty and varying levels of distress
  • Discovering as much as you can about the people and resources needed to manage your illness
  • Keeping your relationships strong
  • Coping as well as you can throughout the experience.

Oncology social workers at Taussig Cancer Institute are licensed professionals. They are skilled in addressing the counseling, support and advocacy needs of patients with cancer and their families.

Learn more about our services:


2014 News Archives


'Breast Cancer Treatment Needs Continuous Research'

Dr. Stephen Grobmyer conducted a series of lectures discussing the role of innovation in the future of global breast health.


New technology helps detect breast cancer without a biopsy.

Dr. Paulette Lebda comments.


New drug helps prevent infertility in breast cancer patients.

Dr. Halle Moore discusses her research and a Cleveland Clinic patient is featured.

New study finds adding a 3-dimensional breast imaging technique to digital mammography cut down on the number of women called back for additional imaging and increased cancer detections.

Dr. Alice Rim comments


Study finds some birth control pills linked to higher breast cancer risk.

Dr. Holly Pederson comments.


“National Breast Cancer Awareness Month” began yesterday and is a good opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of detecting breast cancer early.

Dr. Stephanie Valente comments.

Experts discuss five of the most common breast cancer myths.

Dr. Stephanie Valente comments.

Cleveland Clinic’s breast cancer program is discussed.

Dr. Erica Peters is featured.

When women should start receiving an annual baseline mammogram screening.

Dr. Jame Abraham explains.

Genetic testing and the gene mutations that put women at an increased risk of developing breast cancer.

Dr. Charis Eng explains.

A new device may provide a less invasive way to determine if a lump in a woman’s breast is cancerous.

Dr. Stephen Grobmyer discusses the device.

Single-Dose Intra-Operative Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer One of the Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2015

For most women with early-stage breast cancer, a lumpectomy is performed followed by weeks of radiation therapy to reduce the likelihood of recurrence. Intra-operative radiation therapy, or IORT, focuses the radiation on the tumor during surgery as a single-dose, and has proven effective as whole breast radiation.


New drug offers hope for cancer patients looking to start a family.

Dr. Halle Moore comments.

2013 News Archives


Best Doctors 2013: Laser Focus featuring Dr. Grobmyer

Dr. Stephen Grobmyer discusses the concept of intraoperative radiation therapy.


Experts give reasons behind Angelina Jolie's preventative double mastectomy

Charis Eng, M.D., founding director of Cleveland Clinic’s Genomic Medicine Institute comments on genetics of actress's cancer risk.

Beating the odds: Angelina Jolie's preventative double mastectomy

Dr. Stephen Grobmyer weighs in on Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy and what other women can do in the same circumstance.

Local and familiar ties to Angelina Jolie's breast cancer risk

A Chagrin Falls woman understands the decision the star had to make concerning the risk of breast cancer, in fact, the local woman was in the exact same shoes. Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Stephanie Valente discusses the concern.

Intraoperative Radiation Therapy now available at Cleveland Clinic

IORT, a new one-day radiation procedure is becoming more popular for specific breast cancer patients.


Extended NBC interview with Dr. Grobmyer

New Intraoperative Radiation Therapy may be right for certain breast cancer patients.

Extended interviews with IORT patients at Cleveland Clinic

Intraoperative Radiation Therapy patients Jean Hanlin and Joanne Duffy discuss why the procedure was right for them.


New breakthrough breast cancer treatment

Certain early stage breast cancer patients qualify for Intraoperative Radiation Therapy at Cleveland Clinic.


Coming: A Breast Cancer Vaccine

Dr. Vincent Tuohy's groundbreaking breast cancer vaccine moves to clinical trials.

Breast cancer survivors gather to celebrate at free all-day event in Cleveland

Hundreds of breast cancer survivors will celebrate remission from their disease at an event on November 9.


Dr. Jame Abraham Discusses Recent Advancements in Breast Cancer

More women than ever before are winning the fight against breast cancer, thanks to dramatic improvements in early detection and treatment - some of which are happening right here at Cleveland Clinic.

2012 News Archives
3-D Mammogram One of the Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs for 2013

Cleveland Clinic asked more than 110 of its physicians and researchers: What breakthroughs will change patient care in the next year? 3-D mammography was one of the Clinic's top 10 medical breakthroughs for 2013. A version of 3-D mammography is currently in clinical trials at Cleveland Clinic, but not available yet to all patients. Experts expect 3-D to replace 2-D in the not-too-distant future.

Breast Centers Awarded Accreditation

Cleveland Clinic Breast Centers at Main Campus and Beachwood Family Health Center have been awarded a three-year full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

According to the surveyors, "Cleveland Clinic Breast Center provides comprehensive care to breast patients and the center is a remarkable program that clearly meets the standards for NAPBC accreditation."

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. The standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. 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.

Congratulations to the Breast Center for this achievement!

2012 Outcomes

Designed for a healthcare provider audience, the Outcomes books contain a summary of our surgical and medical trends and approaches, data on patient volume and outcomes, and a review of new technologies and innovations.

Review our Outcomes for the Ob/Gyn and Women's Health Institute Breast Cancer Program.

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