Young adults with breast cancer can access the full complement of services offered at the Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers, including the latest
treatment options in medical oncology, surgery and breast reconstruction, and radiation therapy. We also offer innovative therapies that are often available only through
Our patients benefit from Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center's leadership in
precision cancer medicine, which involves targeting treatments to the molecular characteristics of the cancer.
Genetic Testing and Counseling
Recent scientific advances have made it possible to identify inherited genes that increase the odds of developing breast cancer, help patients manage their risk, and offer treatments tailored to these genes.
Working closely with the
Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention, we test for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations and other
genetic markers linked to breast cancer. We then work with patients to create a personalized treatment plan based on their test results.
Fertility and Reproductive Services
Since many of our patients would like to have children now or in the future, we address
fertility options at diagnosis, while planning treatment, and in the follow-up care
Breast Cancer and Pregnancy
The care team is experienced in helping young adults manage
breast cancer during pregnancy. If a young person develops breast cancer while pregnant, or wants to become pregnant while undergoing hormone therapy, an expert team of doctors can help them make
informed decisions based on their goals and type of cancer.
Metastatic Breast Cancer
A young adult with
metastatic breast cancer can benefit from the Susan F. Smith Center's leading program for this type of cancer, and find advanced research, education and support, and an individualized care plan.
Our breast cancer specialists incorporate survivorship into each patient's overall care, and help patients understand cancer survivorship before treatment ends. Patients have access to services such as fertility, sexual health, and weight management.
They learn about health risks and side effects that can potentially arise from certain treatments.
Working with Dana-Farber's
Adult Survivorship Program, we help young breast cancer survivors address concerns like early menopause and other medical issues and psychological concerns.