Breast Cancer Program
The Breast Cancer Program at O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center offers personalized, state-of-the-art care for our patients. Our multidisciplinary team of world-class experts provides the best possible care to our patients using the most advanced imaging systems and surgical techniques. Our patients also have access to clinical trials, which are the latest treatment options emerging from leading-edge research.
Each person’s experience with breast cancer is unique, so our experts tailor a comprehensive care plan personalized to each individual. The scope of what we do covers all aspects of care including prevention and screening; cutting-edge diagnosis techniques and treatments; a range of supportive care programs that address the mental and emotional wellbeing of patients and their families; and continuing care throughout survivorship.
Our Breast Cancer Program has a comprehensive scope to match the broad impact of breast cancer:
- Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States: around 42,000 women and 500 men in the U.S. die each year from breast cancer.
- Early intervention dramatically increases our ability to successfully treat all types of breast cancer. Almost 98% of women diagnosed with breast cancer at the earliest stage live for 5 years; that is why we have a dedicated breast cancer screening program.
- Some types of breast cancer are passed down genetically; our experts can identify these genes and manage risk.
- Survivorship can be a challenge to a patient’s sense of self, social wellbeing, and family life; we address every dimension of breast cancer’s impact in each patient’s unique care plan.
We work hand in hand with the nationally accredited UAB Breast Health Center to identify and begin treating breast tumors as soon as possible.
- The Prevention Program for Women’s Cancers at UAB provides comprehensive risk assessment, screening, and clinical management for women with an increased risk of breast cancer. A team of experts provides individualized recommendations for patients to reduce their risk.
- Regular mammograms are the best screening tools for doctors to detect breast cancer early, sometimes as much as three years before it would have been noticed by touch or appearance. As a large teaching hospital, UAB Medicine is on the forefront of imaging equipment, and we frequently play a role in improving traditional and emerging imaging technologies.
Breast cancer treatment has evolved to include many approaches for each type and stage. We have specialists devoted to the application of each of the following methods applied to breast cancer:
Your treatment team meets regularly to discuss your specific needs and may include a breast surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, radiologists, genetic counselor, plastic surgeon and a nurse navigator dedicated to helping you stay informed and organized throughout your journey. Each of these experts brings a unique perspective to the table, providing the most comprehensive, personalized treatment plan possible.
Doctors at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center offer more than 200 cancer-related clinical trials exploring a wide array of therapies, diagnostics and preventive options, along with community-based trials in cancer survivorship research.
Comprehensive care means addressing every way that cancer affects patients’ lives. Our patients and their families have access to an array of support programs and services for spiritual and mental health, weight management and exercise, social support, sexual health, and art as therapy.
The Next Steps Clinic – Breast Cancer Survivorship offers specialized follow-up care focused on the unique needs of breast cancer survivors.
Comprehensive care means never having to wonder if what you are experiencing will be addressed by your individualized care plan. At O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center, you will never be alone on your breast cancer journey.