The UAB Medicine Cancer program is ranked among the best in the nation. When a patient comes to UAB for breast cancer treatment they have access to the full breadth of specialists within the UAB Medicine system. This is includes medical, surgical and radiation oncologists, certified oncology nurses, nurse navigators, plastic surgeons and more.
The Breast Health Center at UAB is unique in that we offer comprehensive breast health services that include screening, risk assessment, prevention strategies, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and research. The UAB Breast Health Center has earned full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a group of professional organizations from around the country dedicated to improving the quality of care and the monitoring of outcomes for patients with diseases of the breast. You can reach the UAB Breast Health Center at 205.801.8266.
Interdisciplinary Breast Clinic
As a part of UAB’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, our innovative Interdisciplinary Breast Cancer Clinic utilizes a team of dedicated breast specialists to help patients diagnosed with breast cancer evaluate their options as effectively as possible, thus providing patients and their families the opportunity to meet with our team in one convenient visit. Our approach facilitates better communication among team members, patients, and their families. Each patient is initially evaluated by one of our breast specialists and then presented to other team members face to face for discussion and long-term treatment planning. Individualized plans of care are developed in a round-table discussion and presented to the patient and family members that same visit. This allows the patient the opportunity to ask questions specific to each team member.
The Lynne Cohen and Norma Livingston Preventive Care Program for Women’s Cancers at UAB is dedicated to breast cancer prevention through genetic assessment, counseling, preventative interventions, and clinical trials. The program offers screening and clinical management for women with increased risk of both ovarian and breast cancers. A team of experts will give individualized recommendations on how to reduce breast cancer risk. This clinic is the only one of its kind in the Southeast, and services offered include:
- Computerized risk assessment
- Genetic counseling
- Physical examinations
- Ultrasound and breast MRI
- Chemo prevention therapy
- Prophylactic surgery with and without reconstruction
- Education regarding lifestyle modifications important to breast health
Surgical Breast Clinic
The Surgical Breast Clinic provides first and second opinions for problems related to the breast, including abnormal mammograms, lumps, nipple discharge, and breast pain. The clinic also provides surgical management for breast cancer patients, including lymphatic mapping for sentinel lymph node biopsy, axillary node dissection, breast conservation therapy with image guidance, if necessary, and mastectomy, including skin-sparing mastectomy. In addition to the treatments we provide for breast cancer patients, we also perform excisional biopsies and prophylactic mastectomies for noncancerous conditions.