Departments and specialties

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Researchers conduct clinical trials Researchers conduct clinical trials

Your Mayo Clinic doctor may invite you to be part of an innovative clinical trial.

Mayo Clinic doctors and scientists are dedicated to advancing chemotherapy treatment options for people with breast cancer. This research is conducted as part of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, which includes the Women's Cancer Program. In addition, Mayo Clinic is one of the few medical centers in the U.S. recognized as a Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) for breast cancer research, funded by the National Cancer Institute.

Areas of research include:

  • Partnering with colleagues internationally to study whether shorter duration chemotherapy regimens are as effective as longer ones
  • Developing nanoparticles as drug delivery vehicles that can propel chemo drugs to tumors
  • Conducting or leading innovative clinical trials, such as chemotherapy regimens based on the genetic profile of a patient's tumor and vaccine therapy for triple-negative breast cancer
  • Improving the safety of procedures and developing new ones


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

Research Profiles

Chemotherapy for breast cancer care at Mayo Clinic

Jan. 03, 2018
  1. Chemotherapy for breast cancer. American Cancer Society. Accessed July 5, 2017.
  2. Breast cancer. Fort Washington, Pa.: National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Accessed June 28, 2017.
  3. Sikov WM. General principles of neoadjuvant therapy for breast cancer.
  4. What to expect when having chemotherapy. Cancer.Net. Accessed July 5, 2017.
  5. What you need to know about breast cancer. National Cancer Institute. Accessed June 29, 2017.
  6. Taghian A, et al. Overview of the treatment of newly diagnosed, non-metastatic breast cancer. Accessed July 5, 2017.
  7. Fertility concerns and preservation for women. Cancer.Net. Accessed Aug. 23, 2017.
  8. Chemotherapy. National Cancer Institute. Accessed July 5, 2017.
  9. Long-term side effects of cancer treatment. Cancer.Net. Accessed July 5, 2017.
  10. Sikov WM. Neoadjuvant therapy for patients with HER2-positive breast cancer.
  11. Hartmann LC, et al. Treating invasive breast cancer. In: the Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Book. Boston, Mass.: Da Capo Press; 2012.
  12. Barbara Woodard Lips Patient Education Center. Breast Cancer Handbook. Rochester, Minn.: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research; 2012.
  13. Nangia J, et al. Effect of a scalp cooling device on alopecia in women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. The SCALP randomized clinical trial. JAMA. 2017;317:596.
  14. Boland TA. Financial Planning and Analysis. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. July 5, 2017.
  15. Alvaro Moreno A (expert opinion). Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla. July 17, 2017.
  16. Melisko ME, et al. Objective assessment of physical activity during chemotherapy for breast cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology. In press.
  17. Goetz MP, et al. Tumor sequencing and patient-derived xenografts in the neoadjuvant treatment of breast cancer. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 2017;109:djw306.
  18. Von Roemeling C, et al. Breaking down the barriers to precision cancer nanomedicine. Trends in Biotechnology. 2017;35:159.
  19. Breast cancer prevention — Patient version (PDQ). National Cancer Institute. Accessed July 11, 2017.
  20. AskMayoExpert. Breast cancer. Rochester, Minn.: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research; 2017.

Chemotherapy for breast cancer