October 23, 2014 | by Tami Dennis
The breast cancer statistic is attention-getting: One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. That doesn’t mean that, if you’re one of eight women at a dinner table, one of you is fated to have breast cancer (read more on that breast cancer statistic), but it does mean that the risk of developing breast cancer is not to be taken lightly. Neither is the decision on where to get breast cancer treatment.
As a nationally known biomedical research institution and as one of the nation’s few comprehensive cancer centers, City of Hope can provide access to therapies, research and clinical trials that other hospitals can’t.
Let's start with clinical trials and research. The clinical trials available to City of Hope patients often stem from the research conducted on the City of Hope campus, where breast cancer specialists and researchers work together on therapies to improve survival and quality of life. Those clinical trials include assessments of new chemotherapy drugs, targeted therapies, hormone therapies, new surgical techniques and new radiation approaches — all focused on improving breast cancer treatment, detection and prevention.
Further, as research has shown, treatment at a comprehensive cancer center saves lives. City of Hope scientists recently examined data on survival and outcomes and found that patients who received cancer care at a comprehensive cancer center had a lower mortality rate and better outcomes than patients who received care at community hospitals. This improvement in survival was seen for a variety of diagnoses, including breast cancer, lung cancer, liver cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer and oral cancer.
With breast cancer, as with any cancer, expertise matters.
Learn more about City of Hope’s breast cancer research and treatment.
Learn more about becoming a patient or getting a second opinion by visiting our website or by calling 800-826-HOPE (4673). City of Hope staff will explain what's required for a consult at City of Hope and help you determine, before you come in, whether or not your insurance will pay for the appointment.