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New Patients

Facing a breast problem may feel stressful and overwhelming. We’re here to help at every step of the way—from the moment you meet us through survivorship and beyond. 

Meet With Us

If you have a problem with your breast, your first step is to meet with us. During your visit, your doctor will explain your condition, answer questions and discuss next steps. Your doctor may also discuss ways to support your health through diet, exercise and wellness resources. Family, friends, or caregivers are welcome, and encouraged, to join you at your visit.

Learn More about your Diagnosis & Treatment

After you and your doctor discuss your condition, you may be scheduled for diagnostic tests or you may receive treatment. Tests gather more information on your condition and may include imaging (mammography, ultrasound, MRI) or biopsy. Treatment will be tailored to the condition and can include one or more of these: surgery, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, radiation therapy, or treatment for a benign (non-cancerous) condition. Your doctor will explain what’s involved and answer your questions.

A member of your care team will help make the appropriate appointments for any tests, treatments or visits with other specialists. If you’d like to learn more before making a choice about your treatment, we’ll put you in touch with people who can help you make the right choices for you.

The following resources will help you get started learning more about your diagnosis and our available treatments:

Learn More about Other Opportunities Available to You

Knowledge is power! Learning more about your condition, what we offer and what others have experienced can help you feel more in control of your health and better able to make the right choices for you.

  • FAQs - frequently asked questions about breast cancer.
  • Clinical Trials - a clinical trial is one of the final steps in a long and careful cancer research process that is looking for better ways to prevent, diagnose, or treat cancer.
  • Patient and Family Support - helping you take care of your mental and emotional well-being, and the well-being of your loved ones.
  • Patient Stories - see stories from patients of the Comprehensive Breast Program

One of the best things that happened to me [was joining] a telephone support group. I had the opportunity to speak with women in the same situation as me. I got a feeling of hopefulness in a very frightening time in my life.

Karen
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