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Breast Cancer Survival

For women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, we’re ahead of the curve in providing better options that can lead to higher survival rates.  These options include surgical, medical and radiation therapies.
 
City of Hope is one of the few hospitals providing the latest advances in radiation therapy for breast cancer patients — intraoperative radiation therapy, or IORT. During surgery, patients receive a concentrated dose of precise radiation, rather than the normal follow up plan of six to eight weeks of daily radiation treatments.  IORT allows one day as opposed to six to eight weeks of daily radiation, with the exact same excellent results.
 
In addition, we have an extensive research program for women with breast cancer with more than 20 clinical trials, to help women find the right treatment for them.
 
A national database of cancer outcomes is maintained jointly by the American Cancer Society and the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.  Each year, the National Cancer Database (NCDB) provides data to hospitals to allow each institution to compare its results with those obtained nationally.
 
The chart below compares survivorship over a five year period for City of Hope patients, who have had breast cancer and were treated by surgery, with patients nationally who have had the same treatment for the same stages of their disease.
 
At City of Hope, our survivorship exceeds the survival rates for patients treated at other cancer programs that report to the Commission on Cancer (CoC). 
Data include both patients diagnosed at City of Hope and those who visit post-diagnosis as well as initial treatment elsewhere.   Higher curves for City of Hope indicate better survival results, reflecting excellent care at City of Hope.  Although some variation between the curves may also be due to timing of referral to City of Hope, and other details of the patients’ situations.
 
 

Breast Cancer Survival

Breast Cancer Survival

For women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, we’re ahead of the curve in providing better options that can lead to higher survival rates.  These options include surgical, medical and radiation therapies.
 
City of Hope is one of the few hospitals providing the latest advances in radiation therapy for breast cancer patients — intraoperative radiation therapy, or IORT. During surgery, patients receive a concentrated dose of precise radiation, rather than the normal follow up plan of six to eight weeks of daily radiation treatments.  IORT allows one day as opposed to six to eight weeks of daily radiation, with the exact same excellent results.
 
In addition, we have an extensive research program for women with breast cancer with more than 20 clinical trials, to help women find the right treatment for them.
 
A national database of cancer outcomes is maintained jointly by the American Cancer Society and the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.  Each year, the National Cancer Database (NCDB) provides data to hospitals to allow each institution to compare its results with those obtained nationally.
 
The chart below compares survivorship over a five year period for City of Hope patients, who have had breast cancer and were treated by surgery, with patients nationally who have had the same treatment for the same stages of their disease.
 
At City of Hope, our survivorship exceeds the survival rates for patients treated at other cancer programs that report to the Commission on Cancer (CoC). 
Data include both patients diagnosed at City of Hope and those who visit post-diagnosis as well as initial treatment elsewhere.   Higher curves for City of Hope indicate better survival results, reflecting excellent care at City of Hope.  Although some variation between the curves may also be due to timing of referral to City of Hope, and other details of the patients’ situations.
 
 
Breast Cancer Videos
Low-dose Tamoxifen for Radiation-Induced Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Trial
 
A clinical research study is currently underway to see if low-dose tamoxifen can reduce the risk of breast cancer in childhood, adolescent, and young adulthood cancer survivors.
The Positive Image Center is where licensed cosmetologists support and assist patients with building and maintaining self-confidence in their appearance. Services are free and provide a forum in which patients can access wig fittings and stylings and discuss cosmetic techniques.
 
Cooper Finkel Women’s Health Center
Many gynecological cancer and breast cancer  services at City of Hope are provided at the Rita Cooper Finkel and J. William Finkel Women's Health Center. Here, women receive the highest quality care, whether seeking prevention and screening services or coping with a cancer diagnosis.
As an leader in cancer research, our goal is to bring the latest scientific findings into medical practice as quickly as possible.
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