Explore the Breast Cancer Treatment Program

Overview

Our approach is to be as minimally invasive as possible, both in diagnosing and in treating breast cancer, and to save as much breast tissue as we safely can. Among the innovative approaches offered are:

  • Pioneering radiation techniques
  • Partial breast irradiation completed in one week (instead of 6 weeks) or hypofractionation to whole breast radiation in 4 weeks (instead of 6 weeks)
  • Latest surgery techniques: Nipple-sparing mastectomy
  • Targeted therapies
  • New therapeutic approaches for: Subtypes of breast cancers, such as triple negative tumors; advanced disease as part of a clinical trial
  • A unique Lymphedema Screening Program to help detect and treat swelling in breast cancer patients
  • Breast care management in the elderly

Multidisciplinary Patient Care

A team of breast cancer experts will develop and coordinate a treatment plan personalized for you. They will meet often to review your progress and will communicate findings with you and your referring doctor. This clear communication leads to seamless coordination of your care.

Video: Dr. Bev Moy explains what patients can expect during a multidisciplinary appointment.

Expertise in Diagnosing and Staging Breast Cancers

A precise, accurate diagnosis is critical to appropriate treatment. Our radiologists and pathologists are skilled in detecting and evaluating breast cancers. They use sophisticated imaging and surgical procedures to determine the location, stage and type of breast cancer. For more information on breast cancer diagnosis, please see our Avon Foundation Comprehensive Breast Evaluation Center.

Standard and Novel Medical Treatments

In addition to traditional chemotherapies, patients have access to new approaches that studies are showing to be effective including:

  • Hormonal therapies (Many protocols were developed by members of the Breast Cancer Center)
  • Therapies for drug-resistant tumors that help boost sensitivity to chemotherapy
  • Acupuncture to help manage side effects

Excellence in Surgical Care

Less invasive surgery leads to faster recovery. Patients do better when they are cared for by specialists in their type of cancer and in centers that treat higher numbers of patients with the same type of cancer. Our surgeons are breast cancer specialists, treating approximately 1,000 newly diagnosed patients per year. Learn about our Breast Cancer Surgery Program.

Pioneering Radiation Therapies

The goal of radiation therapy is to shrink or destroy tumors using high-energy radiation beams while sparing healthy tissue. Learn about our Radiation Therapies.

Lymphedema Screening Program

Lymphedema (swelling) can be a side effect of breast cancer. Find out more about our unique Lymphedema Screening Program.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies of new drugs, new combinations of drugs or already approved drugs being studied to treat patients in new/different ways. They may include new drug doses or new ways (schedules) to give the drugs. Clinical trials are run under strict guidelines. Their purpose is to help find out whether new cancer treatments are safe and effective or better than the standard (current) treatment. At Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, there are several clinical trials open for the treatment of breast cancer that use the latest in cancer treatments.

Cancer is increasingly becoming a disease in which the genetic make-up of each individual cancer drives therapy. The Center for Breast Cancer also has access to clinical trials involving these targeted therapy approaches.


Patient Education & Resources

Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells grow and multiply in the breast tissues. According to the American Cancer Society, it is the second-most common form of cancer in American women.

Breast & Ovarian Cancer Genetics Clinic

Breast & Ovarian Cancer Genetics Clinic

We help to identify families that may have a hereditary breast or ovarian cancer syndrome.

Breast Evaluation Center

Breast Evaluation Center

Our Breast Evaluation Center focuses on breast health and breast cancer detection.

Breast Imaging Program

Breast Imaging Program

Mass General's Breast Imaging Program provides state-of-the-art exams.

Breast Cancer Surgery Program

Breast Cancer Surgery Program

Learn about Mass General's breast cancer surgery program.

Radiation Oncology Breast Program

Radiation Oncology Breast Program

Learn about Mass General's radiation oncology breast program.

Breast Cancer-related Lymphedema Program

Breast Cancer-related Lymphedema Program

Find out more about our unique Lymphedema Screening Program.

Preparing For Your Visit

Preparing For Your Visit

A checklist of items to bring with you for your first visit and helpful information.

Supportive Care

Supportive Care

We offer a variety of education and support resources to help you and your family.

Px

Px

A simple way to connect with the various resources available to you at the Cancer Center.

Workshops & Support Gorups

Workshops & Support Gorups

We offer a wide range of integrative therapies, workshops and support groups.


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