Breast Cancer: Our Approach and Expertise

The Clinical Breast Cancer Program at Columbia University at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center offers patients the resources of a major academic facility and comprehensive treatment of all forms of breast disease in one location.

Our clinicians are accomplished, caring specialists who have a long-standing commitment to women's health. They apply a multidisciplinary approach to breast health, which includes medical care, educational programs, and support groups. The compassionate clinic staff ensures that your experience at the Clinical Breast Cancer Program is private, comfortable and dignified.

Our specialists include breast surgeons, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, dedicated breast imagers, medical oncologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, gynecologists, geneticists, psychiatrists, physical therapists and nutritionists, as well as physician assistants and specialized nurses. Their dedication combined with academic and research capabilities and the full spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic technology, result in the superior care that patients have come to expect from the program.

The program's high survival rate and low complication rate testify to the depth of this team's commitment; compared to national averages, patients treated at the Clinical Breast Cancer Program can expect consistently and significantly better results.

We recognize that treating the disease itself is just one component of success. That’s why we offer patients a full range of psychosocial and other support services.

Support from Survivors — Talking to someone “who has been there” is a powerful support resource for a woman facing a diagnosis of breast cancer. Our lay patient navigator program, together with our affiliated Women At Risk program, ensures that every one of our patients has immediate access to dedicated, caring advocates who are breast cancer survivors.

Counseling and Support Services — We offer bimonthly support groups in Spanish and English, which are run by breast cancer survivors. Patients may also choose to meet with our psychiatrist or psychologists to develop coping strategies and to reduce stress