The goal of The Breast Cancer High Risk Program is to identify women at an increased risk of developing breast cancer and provide them with comprehensive and efficient treatment specific to their needs. We utilize genetic testing and counseling along with well known Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tools (IBIS and Gail) to determine your risk of developing a breast cancer in your lifetime.
Risk factors used to calculate breast cancer risk
At your initial visit, our High Risk Provider will complete a comprehensive breast risk assessment to develop a screening, surveillance and prevention program based on your individual needs. Screening and surveillance programs are designed to provide the best possible coverage throughout the year and may include partnering with your Primary care or GYN provider to ensure the best chance for early detection of a breast cancer. Screening includes genetic counseling/testing and routine radiographic studies like mammogram, ultrasound and MRI. Surveillance includes regular follow up appointments and clinical breast exams with your high risk provider and partnering provider at alternating intervals. Prevention programs are designed to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer and may include risk reducing surgery (prophylactic mastectomy) or taking certain medications (chemo-prevention).
The Breast Care Center actively participates in research studies involving breast cancer screening and prevention. Among other studies, the Breast Care Center was a participating site in the National Cancer Institute (NCI) National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project's ongoing STAR (Study of Tamoxifen vs. Raloxifen).
Breast Care Center patients will be informed of any relevant ongoing research in breast cancer detection and prevention. Many of our patients volunteer to participate in clinical trials and studies. Volunteering for a study is optional, and at the discretion of the physician after a thorough discussion with the patient. All studies are rigorously reviewed by our Internal Review Board for approval before they can begin. Your physician knows of all studies currently underway here, and you will be asked to sign a consent form if you choose to participate. You may cease to participate at any time.