Departments and specialties

Mayo Clinic has one of the largest and most experienced practices in the United States, with campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. Staff skilled in dozens of specialties work together to ensure quality care and successful recovery.


Doctors discussing imaging test results

Mayo Clinic doctors and scientists are continually working to improve breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Mayo Clinic researchers are involved in many studies related to breast cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Mayo doctors often inform eligible patients about opportunities to participate in research studies and clinical trials related to advancements in the treatment of breast cancer.

Areas of research include:

  • Innovative breast imaging techniques, such as dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI, contrast-enhanced digital mammography and molecular breast imaging
  • Harnessing the power of viruses to treat noninvasive breast cancer, triple-negative breast cancer and metastatic breast cancer
  • Making treatment safer using new technology, such as proton beam therapy to shape radiation beams that reach left-sided breast cancer but spare the heart
  • Analyzing the genetic makeup of breast cancer cells to understand how mutations affect response to cancer treatments and personalize treatment options

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is one of a handful of U.S. facilities that received a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant for breast cancer research.

A patient undergoing molecular breast imaging

People who seek care at Mayo Clinic have a chance to participate in clinical trials studying the latest techniques for breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Clinical trials

People with breast cancer who seek care at Mayo Clinic have access to an impressive number of clinical trials studying innovations in diagnosis, treatment, supportive care and prevention.

Clinical trials are studying:

Women's Cancer Program

The Women's Cancer Program at Mayo Clinic brings together doctors and researchers in breast and gynecological surgery, medical and radiation oncology, medical genetics, pathology, and other specialties to develop new therapies for women's cancers. As part of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, the Women's Cancer Program offers access to potential new therapies through clinical trials. The Women's Cancer Program also provides emotional and social support classes, a resource center, and educational programs for women and their families.


See a list of publications on breast cancer by Mayo Clinic doctors on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

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Breast cancer care at Mayo Clinic

March 06, 2018