Why Smilow Cancer Hospital for Breast Cancer

The Breast Cancer Program's health professionals provide coordinated, simultaneous appointments, rapid diagnosis and treatment and access to the most up-to-date technology and research protocols. Most importantly, patients receive personal, friendly, confidential care that is designed to meet the needs of the whole patient, not just the disease.

The Breast Cancer Program provides multidisciplinary, patient-focused care to women diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer — the most common cancer in women — is the presence of a malignant tumor that forms from cells of the breast; it most frequently begins in the cells that line the ducts. A woman's breast is made up of glands, ducts, tissues, blood vessels and lymph vessels.

The earlier cancer is detected, the better the chances that breast cancer treatment will be effective, so the goal is to find cancers before they begin to cause symptoms. The most common screening methods include mammograms, clinical breast exams and breast self-exams.

Breast Cancer treatments include surgical procedures such as lumpectomy, mastectomy and breast reconstruction, as well as biopsies, ultrasound and advanced oncoplastic procedures. Most breast cancer patients also need chemotherapy or hormonal therapy, in addition to surgery and radiation oncology. Patients in the Breast Cancer Program also have access to state-of-the-art clinical trials of novel therapeutics and radiation therapy.

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Breast Cancer Support Services

Patient support staff provide essential services such as social work, pastoral support, nutritional advice, physical therapy and rehabilitation. Most important, patients receive personal, friendly, confidential care designed to meet the needs of the whole patient, not just the disease.

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Breast Center receives national accreditation

The Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven has been granted a three-year full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), an accrediting body administered by the American College of Surgeons. The Center's affiliation with Yale Cancer Center makes it the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Northeast to also have the NAPBC accreditation.