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High-Risk Breast Cancer Program

For generations, women lived with a high risk of developing breast cancer, most without ever knowing it. Today, with advances in genetics, genomics and screening and a wealth of knowledge about potential causes, women at high risk can take steps to reduce their chances of developing breast cancer.

At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Chicago, our High-Risk Breast Cancer Program offers services for women who know they’re at risk for breast cancer or may be concerned about their likelihood of developing the disease.

No one can predict if or when she’ll get breast cancer. But the multidisciplinary team of cancer experts, genetic counselors and supportive care providers at CTCA® Chicago will work with you to determine the level of your risk and empower you to take control.

Our services

Genetic counseling

You’ll meet with a counselor to assess your inherited risk and determine whether genetic testing is recommended.

Cancer screening

For those who qualify, CTCA provides screening with digital breast tomosynthesis or 3D mammography, ultrasound and breast MRI.

Risk reduction

Your team of experts will help identify risk factors you can control and help you develop lifestyle strategies to reduce your risk.

To learn more or to schedule a breast cancer screening
call us at 844-MY-FIGHT or chat online with a member of our team.

What is high-risk breast cancer?

Many factors are known to contribute to an increased risk of breast cancer. They include:

  • Family history of cancer, especially breast and ovarian cancers
  • Inherited mutations in BRCA1, BRCA2, PTEN and/or TP53 genes
  • Tobacco use
  • Obesity
  • Alcohol use or abuse
  • Radiation therapy before the age of 30
  • Use of hormone replacement therapy
  • Timing of prior pregnancies
  • History of breastfeeding
  • Early or late menopause
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Abnormalities in breast tissue
  • Age

At the High-Risk Breast Cancer Program at CTCA Chicago, our cancer experts will take these and other factors into account to help determine your breast cancer risk. We’ll also work with you to determine which steps, if any, you need to take to monitor your risk and help you identify lifestyle decisions to help reduce your risk.

Learn more about the risk factors for breast cancer.

Get started with the Risk Management Tool

CTCA has developed the Risk Management Tool (RMT) to help you determine whether you’re at an elevated risk of developing breast or other common cancers. It only takes a few minutes to answer some basic questions about yourself, your family history and your lifestyle. Once you’ve finished answering the questions, the RMT checks your risk for cancer and offers you an action plan to help you manage your risk and determine whether further tests or other interventions may be recommended.

Try the Risk Management Tool today.


Meet our team

Stephen P. Ray - Medical Director, Breast Cancer Center

Stephen P. Ray

Medical Director, Breast Cancer Center, CTCA Chicago

Laure Farrington - Medical Oncologist

Laura Farrington

Medical Oncologist, CTCA Chicago

Eugene Ahn - Medical Director of Clinical Research & Hematologist/Oncologist

Eugene Ahn

Deputy Medical Director of Clinical Research

Karen Smorowski - Radiation Oncologist

Karen Smorowski

Radiation Oncologist, CTCA Chicago

Karan Shah

Radiation Oncologist, CTCA Chicago

Daniel Liu - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Daniel Liu, MD

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, CTCA Chicago

Aaron Pelletier - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

Aaron Pelletier

Chief of Surgery, CTCA Chicago

Carolyn Bhakta

Carolyn Bhakta

Surgical Oncologist and Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon

Cancer centers focused on women

Many of the same factors that increase your risk of breast cancer may also increase your risk of other cancers unique to women. At CTCA Chicago, we know that breast cancers and gynecologic cancers require special attention and expert care. That’s why we created cancer centers that focus exclusively on women’s cancers and their needs.

These programs bring together multidisciplinary teams of doctors and other clinicians with expertise in treating breast and other female cancers. The expert clinicians in our cancer centers collaborate daily and work with supportive care providers to deliver personalized treatments and side-effect management strategies tailored to your individual needs and goals.

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High-Risk Breast Cancer Program
2520 Elisha Ave.
Zion, IL 60099
New Patients: 844-MY-FIGHT
Existing Patients:: 847-510-CTCA