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We want to reassure you that during the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, Simmons Cancer Center and UT Southwestern remain open and committed to providing you expert and timely cancer care in a safe environment. We know you have questions, so we are providing answers at

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UT Southwestern’s Center for Breast Care offers comprehensive, patient-focused breast cancer treatment using the latest medications, techniques, and therapies. Our team includes some of the best breast cancer specialists in the world who have dedicated their entire clinical activities to treating breast cancer. This expertise means patients receive unsurpassed care from specialists who treat breast cancer patients every day.

As the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in North Texas, we deliver the best cancer care available today and push to discover new treatments. NCI designation means we offer patients the ability to participate in the broadest possible range of clinical trials, with access to potential therapies not available at other facilities.

Internationally Recognized Team, Comprehensive Services

Breast cancer refers to a malignant tumor that has developed from cells in the breast. Most often, breast cancer begins in the cells of the lobules, the milk-producing glands, or the ducts, the passages that carry milk from the lobules to the nipple. Less commonly, breast cancer can begin in the connective tissues of the breast, known as the stromal tissue.

Breast cancer might spread to the lymph nodes in the underarm, as well as to other parts of the body.

At the Center for Breast Care, patients benefit from the knowledge and experience of an entire team of breast care specialists, such as medical, surgical, and radiation oncologists; breast imaging specialists; genetic counselors; pathologists; and reconstructive surgeons.

Our breast cancer specialists have earned international recognition for their contributions to the field. We are a member of ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group, which means our patients get access to multicenter clinical trials. 

Our team is located in one convenient clinic, making appointments with multiple doctors quicker and less stressful. Our specialists can easily collaborate on individual cases, which means our patients receive the highest standard of care from an entire team of experts. 


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Our 2018 Breast Cancer Report highlights some of the lifesaving work that takes place every day at UT Southwestern.

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Breast Cancer Services

UT Southwestern offers the most advanced technologies and techniques available for breast cancer diagnosis, screening, and treatment, such as medications and other therapies that are not available at every hospital. 

We are committed to providing our patients with access to clinical trials for the most innovative therapies for breast cancer. For each patient, we develop personalized strategies to improve overall health and well-being, with the goal of enhancing quality of life both today and in the future as a cancer survivor. 

Our services include:

  • Advanced diagnostic techniques, such as fine needle aspiration biopsy and vacuum-assisted needle biopsy
  • Accurate staging of breast cancer using leading imaging technologies
  • The latest surgical techniques, such as lumpectomy, mastectomy, sentinel lymph node biopsy, and axillary lymph node dissection
  • Chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, and other medical therapy options
  • The most precise radiation therapy available
  • Innovative breast reconstruction options
  • All phases of clinical trials for every stage of breast cancer
  • Enhanced surveillance and screening options for high-risk patients through our award-winning cancer genetics program
  • Complementary strategies for improving overall health and well-being

In addition, we offer support services such as:

  • Nutrition counseling
  • Support groups for patients and their families
  • Lymphedema therapy
  • Cancer rehabilitation
  • Lifestyle education
  • Genetic testing and counseling

Kicking Cancer with Blue-Spiked Shoes

When Felicia Whisenhunt turned 40, she got a devastating cancer diagnosis that required a double mastectomy and a hysterectomy. “I felt like everything womanly was taken from me,” she said. But with help of UT Southwestern, and a sparkly pair of high heels, she found the strength to fight back. 

Find a Breast Cancer Clinical Trial

We have a wide range of clinical trials open to patients with all stages of breast cancer. Search for opportunities to participate in a cancer study.


Award-Winning Care

We’re one of the world’s top academic medical centers, with a unique legacy of innovation in patient care and scientific discovery.  

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