Young Women's Breast Cancer Program
Breast Cancer Treatment for Young Women
Breast cancer is rare under age 40, but when a diagnosis is made, young women face unique concerns about the present and the future. Cancer is always challenging, and it can be even more so at a time of life when family-building and career may be priorities.
Breast cancer types found in young women are often more aggressive than those in older women, and are frequently discovered at a later stage in the development of the disease. Young women with breast cancer may experience issues associated with fertility, intimacy, child-rearing, finance and the workplace.
Our physicians, social workers and staff are committed to working with you to develop a treatment plan that addresses your specific needs at this time of your life. We'll also provide psycho-social support and help you connect you with others in a similar situation.
The BreastCare Center has a track record of innovative care that is sensitive to personal needs. Our faculty was a leader in pioneering breast conservation (lumpectomy and partial mastectomy) at a time when mastectomy was the standard therapy. We are a significant center of clinical research in new breast cancer therapies, including innovative surgical techniques, immune-based treatments and targeted therapies. Our physician-researchers are widely known for their expertise in hereditary breast cancer, including the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 mutations, which disproportionally affect younger women.
Unique Issues for Young Women with Breast Cancer
Featured in our "Living with Cancer" blog, this article details some of the specific issues younger women face with a breast cancer diagnosis.Read More