Mayo Clinic's approach
Breast cancer team collaborates
At Mayo Clinic, cancer doctors (medical oncologists) whose specialty is breast cancer work with other experts to provide personalized care.
Your Mayo Clinic care team
Your care team is made up of highly specialized experts in the delivery of safe chemotherapy for breast cancer. They work together to provide exactly the care you need.
Personalized breast cancer treatment
Your breast cancer care team works closely with you to create a personalized treatment plan. In the past, most patients with breast cancer underwent surgery followed by chemotherapy. Now treatment can be tailored to the hormonal and genetic characteristics of your tumor (precision medicine for breast cancer). All treatment options are available at Mayo Clinic, including genomic profiling of your tumor.
Your treatment plan will be based on what's right for you and what matters to you. For example, at Mayo Clinic people with early-stage breast cancer may be eligible for a type of chemotherapy delivered before surgery (neoadjuvant chemotherapy) to shrink the tumor. And people who never had breast cancer but are considered at high risk of developing it may be offered preventive strategies or referred to the high-risk breast clinic.
Mental health specialists are also part of the Mayo Clinic breast cancer care team. Talk with your doctor about whether you might benefit from a referral to one of them.
People with breast cancer who come to Mayo Clinic have access to innovative chemotherapy techniques, some of which aren't widely available:
- Scalp cooling therapy to prevent hair loss. Mayo Clinic uses a Food and Drug Administration-approved cold therapy device (cool cap) that helps prevent hair loss from chemotherapy.
- Chemotherapy before surgery (neoadjuvant therapy). This technique shrinks the tumor before surgery, which has been proved to improve surgery outcomes.
- Clinical research studies. Your doctor may talk with you about participating in a clinical research study (clinical trial). Clinical trials give you access to drugs and the latest treatments not yet generally available.
The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories
Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.
Finding Breast Cancer Sooner
Jan Jenswold wasn't concerned when she went in for her annual mammogram. Then the test picked up something suspicious, and a follow-up found that Jan had breast cancer. But the early diagnosis brought with it an optimistic prognosis. Today, with her cancer in the past, Jan now encourages others to make mammograms a priority. "I [...]
Living in the Present, Grateful for Life
Buoyed by her Mayo Clinic care team, Kellie Leasure, a 48-year-old mother of four living with metastatic breast cancer, embraces each day. On the trip home from a Mayo Clinic appointment in January, where Kellie Leasure had received the news that metastatic breast cancer had again spread to her brain, "The Warrior" by Patty Smyth [...]
Holistic Care Makes Breast Cancer Journey Easier to Navigate
As she thought about her cancer treatment options, Jennifer Deaderick knew she wanted to include therapies that would take all of her needs into account. She found the type of whole-person care she was looking for at Mayo Clinic. Jennifer Deaderick has always loved a good adventure. In 2014, the occupational therapist moved from California [...]
Gaining Fresh Perspective Via Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
Diagnosed with breast cancer at 27, Sara Martinek persevered through treatment with the support of her family, friends and care team, and she came out on the other side with a new appreciation for what matters in life. Written by Sara Martinek Almost everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer. Like most people, [...]
Overwhelmed, Breast Cancer Patient Finds Answer in Mayo's Centralized Care and Treatment
Renee Hill had received opinions from other health care facilities but desperately wanted to have her medical care centralized and coordinated. "My gut was telling me Mayo was where I needed to go," she says.? When Renee Hill was diagnosed with breast cancer ? stage 3 invasive ductal carcinoma ? on her birthday in July [...]
College Professor Beats Breast Cancer With Her Hometown Team
Throughout surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy for breast cancer, Polly Browne knew she could rely on the expertise of her multidisciplinary health care team at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. Polly Browne didn't have any obvious symptoms. But the North Mankato, Minnesota, resident and elementary education college professor, knew something wasn't quite right with [...]
After Loss, Cancer Survivor Finds Strength in Community and Giving Back
Editor?s Note: Carol Phillips is an IT analyst/programmer at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus. . She shares her experience and why she travels to Florida to support the annual 26.2 with DONNA Marathon . My breast cancer journey started on April Fool?s Day?? April ?1, 2011. Only it wasn?t a joke. My routine yearly mammogram came [...]
Breaking Away From Pain With the Help of 'The Scrambler'
Participating in a clinical trial gave Karen Safranek a solution to her decade-long struggle with peripheral neuropathy? Karen Safranek didn't take a worry-free step for 10 years. Severe peripheral neuropathy ? a side effect of breast cancer treatment she received in 2002 ? left her with constant burning, tingling, numbness and pain in both her [...]
Expertise and rankings
Mayo Clinic consultation for chemotherapy for breast cancer
A Mayo Clinic doctor and nurse listen to a woman's concerns before she begins chemotherapy for breast cancer.
Every year Mayo Clinic chemotherapy teams treat more than 2,000 people with breast cancer. These teams help people with all types of breast cancer, from the least to most aggressive.
Nationally recognized expertise
Outside organizations recognize Mayo Clinic breast cancer specialists through accreditations, grants and rankings:
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report.
Locations, travel and lodging
Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.
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Costs and insurance
Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.
In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.
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Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.
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