Breast Health Center
The Loma Linda University Cancer Center (LLUCC) was established in 1991 with the purpose of leading and coordinating cancer-related activities and services at Loma Linda University (LLU) and Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC). LLUCC is responsible for the development and coordination of institution-wide, multi-specialty approaches for the cancer patient including:
Prevention & education
- Early detection
- Optimal treatment and total care
- Clinical research
- Basic science research
LLUCC's approach to breast cancer treatment and research is comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and patient focused. This means that the health-care professionals function as a cohesive team working to develop the best treatment options for our patients. Our health-care delivery team strives to stay on the forefront of the scientific changes that are constantly taking place in breast health.
The single-center concept
Women who have breast cancer are often anxious about their situation and want immediate evaluation and treatment. The advantage of a single-center approach is that:
- It provides state-of-the-art diagnostic information and uses it in a timely and efficient manner.
- It allows the patient to see a team of physicians in one location at the same time.
- The patient receives both an evaluation of her condition and answers to her questions about available treatment options.
Mission statement and goals
The mission of the LLUCC Breast Health Center is to work with patients, support and advocacy groups, health-care professionals, and cancer organizations to improve breast cancer outcomes. The goals of the Breast Health Center are to ensure that:
- Women with breast cancer are diagnosed as early as possible.
- Women diagnosed with breast cancer receive state-of-the-art treatment.
- Women diagnosed with breast cancer, and their families, receive adequate psychosocial, physical, and practical support.
- Community networks and infrastructure that will increase breast cancer control are developed, including the availability of mammography screening and prevention programs for high-risk women.
How does the Breast Health Center help women?
- Accurate and up-to-date information about all aspects of breast health, through free or low-cost information services.
- Appropriate referral for screening, diagnosis, and/or treatment.
- Resources and programs to help women diagnosed with breast cancer make informed treatment choices.
- Access to appropriate support.
- Access to relevant health professionals in a single location.
- A multidisciplinary team approach, including input from the patient, surgical oncologist, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, diagnostic radiologist, pathologist, family practitioner, nurses, and health professionals who provide genetic counseling and psychosocial, spiritual, and nutritional support.
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Breast cancer research
LLUCC's strong commitment to research in breast cancer assures you of access to the latest advances in the prevention, detection, and treatment of breast cancer, including:
- Utilization of new diagnostic procedures, such as stereotactic breast biopsy, which accurately pinpoint abnormal areas detected by mammography and biopsy the tissue without surgery.
- Breast reconstruction procedures, which use the patient's tissue and avoid the use of implants.
- Clinical trial investigation of drugs, such as Tamoxifen, which may prevent breast cancer in women at high risk.
- Access to clinical research through the use of National Cancer Institute and LLUCC clinical research trials.
- Access to National Cancer Institute-sponsored clinical research trials and cooperative groups that perform breast cancer research in prevention, detection, and treatment. Some of these groups include:
- National Surgical Adjuvant Breast & Bowel Project (NSABP)
- Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG)
- Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG)
- Ongoing basic science/molecular biology research studies designed to investigate:
- The detection of cancer using tumor markers
- The growth and development of breast cancer
- Cellular events involved in the spread of breast cancer
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