Surgery is usually the first line of treatment for breast cancer unless the tumor is very large or has spread to other parts of the body. The surgical options for breast cancer include lumpectomy and mastectomy. Which surgical option is best depends on tumor size, breast size, and personal preference, as well as other aspects of the medical history.
Breast reconstruction is the process of making a new breast after a woman has had her breast(s) removed due to breast cancer. Here we provide information to assist you in making choices related to breast reconstruction following mastectomy.
We believe radiation therapy is not a one size fits all treatment modality. Many women have options when it comes to radiation delivery including partial breast irradiation delivered over one week, or hypofractionated whole breast radiation delivered over 3 weeks. Regardless of the option we choose, we want to ensure that your treatment is delivered using the most advanced treatment techniques to maximize effectiveness while minimizing treatment related toxicity.
There are a wide variety of effective medicines used to treat breast cancer of all stages. Many factors are taken into consideration by the treating oncologist in determining the most appropriate medicine to prescribe including the stage of cancer, the patient's general health condition or other medical problems and the particular subtype of breast cancer.
Understanding your genetic predisposition to breast cancer can help you and your healthcare provider make more informed decisions about your health. Whether or not you have already been diagnosed with breast cancer, this test might have important implications for you. Women who carry a BRCA mutation and know about it can start cancer screening at an earlier age, take risk-reducing medication, or elect to undergo preventive surgery.
The UCLA High Risk Breast Clinic in Santa Monica offers patients who are at high risk for breast cancer a tailored prevention, screening and risk-reduction care strategy. Eligible patients meet with a medical oncologist and oncology nurse practitioner for personalized high-risk counseling. Depending on their personal history and associated risk level, patients may also receive information on complementary therapies for primary and secondary prevention. If needed, patients will also have access to our onsite genetic counselor.
The Breast Pathology Service is an integral component of the UCLA Breast Center Santa Monica, which emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with breast disease. Our team of breast pathologists has extensive experience in accurately diagnosing all types of breast specimens. We are supported by the full resources of the UCLA Department of Pathology that includes a large team of experienced, sub-specialty surgical pathologists.