Research

Mayo Clinic doctors and researchers are investigating new ways to support people with breast cancer during and after treatment.

Areas of research include:

  • Following breast cancer survivors to understand their needs through the Mayo Clinic Breast Disease Registry, which tracks thousands of patients for 10 years after diagnosis
  • Regenerative survivorship care through a collaboration between the Breast Clinic and the Center for Regenerative Medicine to restore and preserve organ function in breast cancer survivors in order to optimize the quality of life after diagnosis
  • Supportive therapy clinical trials offering the latest approaches to symptom control during breast cancer treatment, including pain management and chemotherapy side effects
  • Survivorship clinical trials studying strategies for improving the health of breast cancer survivors, including wellness coaching and integrative medicine
  • Reducing side effects of treatment so that breast cancer survivors can recover more quickly, including using advanced radiation therapy (proton beam therapy) to target radiation treatment near the heart for left-sided breast cancers and reducing the risk of heart disease in those undergoing chemotherapy

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.

Publications

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