The Breast Cancer Center in Philadephia

"This center is meant to meet the unique needs of each patient, using clinical evidence and state-of-the-art advances that allow us to provide personalized care in a comprehensive way."

Your treatment options

At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), we know how important it is for you to have a team of expert clinicians focused exclusively on your breast cancer. At the Breast Cancer Center in Philadelphia, our experts work under one roof, treating every stage and type of breast cancer, from HER2-positive and triple-negative breast cancer to inflammatory and metastatic disease. We also stay up to date on the evolving landscape of breast cancer treatments. Your multidisciplinary care team will combine their expertise and talents to offer you personalized treatment options based on your specific cancer type, stage and your goals for post-treatment reconstruction.

Your breast cancer treatment options may include surgical procedures, such as lumpectomy, mastectomy and oncoplastic and breast reconstructive surgery. Other options may include chemotherapy, before or after surgery, and radiation therapy, using advanced technologies such as intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT), image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) and high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy. Some patients may also be candidates for targeted therapy or hormone therapy.

The Breast Cancer Center in Philadelphia also offers qualified patients genomic tumor assessments that may identify breast cancer treatment options not previously considered. This diagnostic tool may identify certain DNA mutations that may be matched with treatment options designed to target those mutations. Your oncologist will help determine if you are a good candidate for genomic testing. We also offer genetic testing as well as a wide range of screening and prevention programs.

Quality of life

Conventional treatments plus supportive therapies

Breast cancer patients may experience treatment-related side effects, including appetite loss, nausea, pain, fatigue and neuropathy. To help manage these side effects, your care team may include supportive care experts in nutrition therapy, naturopathic medicine, mind-body therapy, pain management and spiritual support. Our oncology rehabilitation team is available to help you build strength, reduce pain and fatigue and help prevent or manage lymphedema. Your team will work together to design a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs and goals and help you maintain your strength and stamina throughout treatment.

Learn more about how integrative cancer treatment may help you manage the cancer journey.

Our Breast Cancer Center doctors

The medical oncologists, surgical oncologists and radiation oncologists at the Breast Cancer Center in Philadelphia are committed to offering state-of-the-art treatments for breast cancer patients. Learn more about the doctors and support staff at the Breast Cancer Center in Philadelphia:

Accreditations

Our nationally accredited breast program has received a three-year, full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

A comprehensive team approach

At the Breast Cancer Center in Philadelphia, our multidisciplinary cancer experts work together toward a single mission—treating breast cancer patients with precise, personalized and comprehensive care. Each Breast Cancer Center care team is led by a medical oncologist and coordinated by a care manager or nurse navigator, who helps track your appointments, follows up on tests and answers your medical questions. Your care team may also include a breast surgeon, radiation oncologist, radiologist, pathologist and a plastic and reconstructive surgeon with advanced training in helping patients restore function and return to a natural appearance. Our oncologists and pathologists are trained in advanced tools designed to diagnose and treat different breast cancer types.  Fertility preservation may also be available for some patients.

To help maintain your quality of life during treatment, your care team may recommend a number of evidence-informed supportive therapies, such as nutrition therapy, psychosocial support, physical and rehabilitation therapy, lymphedema management tools, prosthetics and pain management. The entire team works together with a whole-person focus, which is at the heart of the Breast Cancer Center's dedication to comprehensive, personalized care. After treatment is complete, our survivorship support team is available to help you manage your risk of recurrence and address late and long-term side effects of treatment.

Genetic testing

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At Eastern, the experts in our Department of Genetics offer education, counseling and testing to qualified patients, to determine whether their cancer was caused by an inherited gene mutation. This information may inform us as to whether the patient is at an increased risk of developing a second cancer. Our program also offers options to reduce the risk of other cancers, when clinically appropriate.

Learn more about genetic testing at Eastern

 

Breast cancer clinical trials

CTCA® is committed to offering innovative treatment options, including carefully selected clinical trials in targeted therapy. Clinical trials are an essential part of measuring the effectiveness of treatments before they are granted government approval. Trials may offer some patients options that would otherwise be unavailable to them. Learn more with our Clinical Trials Q&A. Find out about breast cancer trials underway at CTCA.

Clinical trials Q & A

Who may benefit from breast cancer clinical trials?

Each breast cancer patient is considered on a case-by-case basis. This is a time of rapid scientific advances in breast cancer treatment. A new generation of breast cancer therapies is being developed to attack tumors that have specific genomic mutations. These targeted treatments may be more effective and cause fewer side effects than traditional chemotherapy. But they are so specialized that only a limited subset of breast cancer patients qualifies for participation. Genomic tumor testing may determine whether you are a candidate. Other factors—such as your cancer mutations and stage, how you have responded to past treatments and other individual considerations—may also determine whether you qualify for specific trials. 

Are they only available to breast cancer patients who have exhausted other treatment options?

Breast cancer patients may qualify to participate in a clinical trial at any stage of their treatment journey. Some patients may join a clinical trial when they first start treatment, in conjunction with standard therapy, on the chance it may offer better results. Other trials are designed for breast cancer patients who have not responded adequately to conventional treatments. Your Breast Cancer Center oncologist may discuss the options and risks, and explain the various protocols involved.

How does CTCA select the breast cancer trials it offers?

At CTCA, our experts are always searching for innovative ways to treat breast cancer. Offering carefully selected clinical trials when appropriate helps us fulfill that mission. The new generation of precision drugs is generally designed to deliver more targeted, less toxic therapies. Our oncologists decide to participate as a clinical trial site only after careful consideration of the relative benefit to patients.

How do I find out whether a specific breast cancer clinical trial may benefit me?

Your Breast Cancer Center oncologist and care team may recommend a trial depending on your individual needs and treatment goals. Learn more about ongoing clinical trials at CTCA. For general questions, email the clinical trials team at clinicaltrials@ctca-hope.com or contact an Oncology Information Specialist at 888-841-9129.

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