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Clinical Services for Young Women with Breast Cancer

  • Amanda Skypeck and Judith Rosenbaum

  • Young women 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 clinical trials.

    Our patients benefit from Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's 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 plan.

    Breast Cancer and Pregnancy

    The care team is experienced in helping young women manage breast cancer during pregnancy. If a young woman develops breast cancer while pregnant, or wants to become pregnant while undergoing hormone therapy, an expert team of doctors can help her make informed decisions based on her goals and type of cancer.

    Metastatic Breast Cancer

    A young woman 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 women address concerns that can be unique to breast cancer survivors, such as early menopause and other medical issues and psychological concerns.