Breast Cancer Program

A diagnosis of breast cancer can be difficult and unsettling. At Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, our goal is to make your journey as smooth as possible. Our multidisciplinary approach to breast cancer treatment means you will find all your health care needs in one place.

As an accredited Breast Center by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons, we are dedicated to providing you with the highest level of breast care.

From screening and treatment to support and recovery, our cancer experts will be with you every step of the way. Our highly skilled physicians, nurses and staff provide excellent and compassionate medical care, education and support to meet a woman’s needs when faced with a breast cancer diagnosis.

Learn more about our Comprehensive Breast Program

Our Breast Cancer Team

Our multidisciplinary breast cancer team includes:

  • Medical oncologists specialized in breast cancer treatment
  • Breast surgeons
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgeons
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Palliative care physician
  • Clinical nurse navigators
  • Oncology certified nurses
  • Social workers
  • Genetic counselors
  • Dietitians

Screening and Diagnostic Imaging

If you have recently developed any breast cancer symptoms (Link to breast cancer symptoms page), we can provide comprehensive screening and diagnostic imaging services to help you diagnose the source. We use both digital mammography and 3D tomosynthesis to obtain the most precise breast images, aiding in the diagnosis of both inflammatory and metastatic breast cancer. Additional diagnostic tools include breast ultrasound, breast MRI, biopsy (ultrasound guided, stereotactic and MRI), cyst aspiration, ductogram, needle localization and lymph nodes biopsy. Find a location near you.

Genetic Counseling and Testing

 The Clinical Cancer Genetic Program at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center coordinates genetic testing and high-risk cancer surveillance for individuals and their families with heredity cancer syndromes. Although most cancers are not inherited, about five to 10 percent of people with breast cancer have a hereditary condition, often due to a mutation in either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. Genetic testing can provide awareness around your risk of developing breast cancer, before symptoms occur. Learn more about our Clinical Cancer Genetic Program.

Undiagnosed Breast Clinic

Women with an abnormal mammogram or breast lump, or additional breast cancer symptoms (Link to breast cancer symptoms page) may be referred by their primary care physician or gynecologist to our Undiagnosed Breast Clinic. In this clinic, physicians work with patients to identify a diagnosis. Not all abnormal mammograms mean cancer. However, if breast cancer is found, patients can be referred directly to our breast cancer physicians to discuss treatment options. Learn more about our Undiagnosed Breast Clinic.

Surgical Care

Our expert surgeons specialize in breast cancer surgery and breast reconstruction. There are several options for both breast surgery and reconstruction. Patients are encouraged to speak with their physicians about the best options for their care. Learn more about our surgical oncology services.

Medical Oncology

Our experienced medical oncologists treat only breast cancer patients, and are experts in their field. Medical oncologists manage your overall treatment plan, including chemotherapy and other medications. These physicians can provide access to clinical trials for early stage and advanced breast cancers for patients who meet study requirements. This may be an option for some patients treated at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Radiation Oncology

Many forms of radiation therapy are used to destroy cancer cells and shrink tumors. Radiation may be given by a machine outside the body or by putting special materials that produce radiation inside the body. Our experienced radiation oncologists work directly with patients and the multidisciplinary team to determine the best treatment options. Learn more about our radiation oncology services.

Breast Reconstruction

Our plastic and reconstructive surgeons can recreate all or part of a breast that has been surgically removed. This is done using a breast implant, or tissue from another part of the body. The goal of reconstruction is to make breasts look natural and balanced when the patient is wearing clothing. Learn more about breast reconstruction program.

Palliative Care

Our palliative care physician can provide pain and symptom control to help maximize quality of life during and after treatment. Specifically, for breast cancer patients, palliative care can focus on improving range of motion and chronic pain, scar massage, and monitoring for lymphedema. Patients can also learn stretching techniques that can help decrease pain after surgery and keep tissues more mobile. Patients can talk with their physicians about a referral to the palliative care program. Learn more about our palliative care services.

Lymphedema Therapy

Lymphedema is swelling that can occur when there is an interruption of normal lymphatic flow in the body. The interruption can occur as a result of surgery, radiation, infection or trauma. For breast cancer patients who develop these symptoms, our lymphedema management program can help manage and overcome this condition. Learn more about Lymphedema.