Our Approach to Treating Breast Cancer
Breast cancer develops as a result of the uncontrolled growth of abnormal breast cells. While healthy breast cells are able to continually renew themselves in an orderly fashion, abnormal cells may divide haphazardly, without control or order. The extra cells created can form malignant, or cancerous, tumors which, if left untreated, can spread to other parts of the body. There are many different types of breast cancer. The most common are invasive ductal cancer, which begins in the duct cells, and invasive lobular cancer, which begins in a lobule, where milk-producing glands are present. A patient facing a breast cancer concern likely has many questions. Choosing the right cancer center for consultation, diagnosis and support is the most important step toward achieving lasting, positive results.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, the Don & Erika Wallace Comprehensive Breast Program boasts a multispecialty, full-service clinic that offers the latest in preventive care and support for all breast-related conditions. In a single location, our breast clinic provides our patients with all of the services they need from a cohesive team of experts who specialize in breast cancer, including:
- Fellowship-trained surgeons
- Medical oncologists
- Radiation oncologists
- Plastic surgeons and breast reconstruction experts
- Social workers
- Fertility preservation specialists
- Genetic testing and counseling specialists
During a weekly interactive session, or tumor board review, these experts meet to discuss each new patient’s course of treatment. They work together to create highly individualized care for our patients in order to offer them the best chance at beating cancer. Whether the initial concern is an abnormal mammogram result, a family history of breast cancer, a breast lump or another symptom, patients benefit from our state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment options, which include advanced INTRABEAM® radiation treatment, tomosynthesis 3D mammography, ABUS (Automated Breast Ultrasound System) and ultrasound-guided core needle biopsy. Best of all, breast cancer patients do not need a referral to benefit from our services and support.
As a pioneer in cancer research, Moffitt is proud to be the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida. Our patients benefit from a broad range of cutting-edge clinical trials and new therapies for individuals with breast cancer. Each year, we treat more than 1,000 newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, as well as hundreds more who choose Moffitt for treatment when they have a recurrence. Our breast cancer survival rates are above the national averages, and we are proud that our treatment and support can provide our patients with an enhanced quality of life.
To learn more about our services and how to prepare for your appointment, please call 1-888-MOFFITT, or you can schedule an appointment online.
Center for Women's Oncology
- Women's Oncology TeleTalks
- HER Place: Health Education Resource Place in The Center for Women's Oncology
- INTRABEAM® breast cancer radiation treatment
- Breast Reconstruction Book (PDF)