If you are under the age of 50 and have breast cancer, the Breast Cancer Specialty Care Clinic at Mage-Womens Hospital of UPMC will provide you with complete, compassionate, and convenient care.
By focusing on your individual needs, our experts work together to develop the best strategies for treating your type of breast cancer, while making you feel comfortable as you begin your treatment at Magee.
What to Expect at the Breast Cancer Specialty Care Clinic
Each patient will meet with a Breast Cancer Specialty Care Clinic medical provider to review your medical history in the morning. If more imaging is needed, our staff will escort you to Radiology for extra mammograms and/or ultrasounds.
Then, all patients and families are invited to attend an educational session in the afternoon. During this time, the cancer specialty team members — the doctors and specialists of the Breast Cancer Specialty Care Clinic — will be meeting to discuss your case and your treatment options.
After the educational session, you will meet with cancer specialty team members for your consultation visit to decide your plan of care. When your visit is complete, a staff member will help you to schedule any follow-up appointments.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will I be at the clinic?
Please plan to be here from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., unless otherwise instructed by your nurse coordinator.
Will I have to come back for additional tests?
Some patients will need additional imaging services; this can be completed in the morning during your visit to the clinic. Blood work for genetic testing and medical oncology is also done the day of clinic. Occasionally, some patients will have to come back for additional tests, but for your convenience, we try our best to get it all done the same day.
How many providers or specialists will I see?
Each patient is unique; this will depend on your individual diagnosis and plan of care.
Why should I get genetic testing?
All patients are strongly encouraged to see a genetic counselor to discuss testing options and make informed decisions. Genetic testing could help diagnose you if you carry the BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 genes, which could also help in the decision of your plan of care. It is helpful for your health care providers to know if you are BRCA positive or negative.
Am I permitted to bring my family or significant other to my appointment?
Yes, we encourage you to bring your adult family members, or significant others for support and to engage in your plan of care.
We work closely with a number of clinical experts, including:
- Breast Surgery
- Medical Oncology
- Radiation Oncology
- Cancer Genetics
- Plastic Surgery
- Fertility & Reproductive Endocrinology
- Patient Navigation
View a complete list of physicians and specialists.