Have You Been Diagnosed with Breast Cancer?
Learn about diagnosis, risks and the latest treatments.
Understanding Breast Cancer
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer, you may have many questions and few answers. Don't feel alone.
Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer affecting U.S. women. About 12.4 percent of women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during their lifetime*. The good news: with advances in methods of detection and treatment, many women can and do beat breast cancer. While it may be one of the biggest challenges of your life, overcoming breast cancer — with the help of your treatment team — is our goal for every patient.
The Breast Care Program at Florida Hospital Cancer Institute (FHCI) is here to help you understand your diagnosis and provide you with personalized care for the mind, body and spirit. To do so, we've assembled a team of highly experienced doctors — including breast surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists — that will evaluate your breast cancer and develop a plan for treating it.
Patients from around the world come to FHCI for our early cancer detection, advanced treatments and emotional and spiritual support. Your designated breast care coordinators will be by your side every step of the way, answering your questions and scheduling same-day appointments with your doctors and specialists. After your treatment, our team will also provide you with the counseling, nutritional guidance, mentoring and the support you’ll need to live life to its fullest.
*Source: National Cancer Institute
Advanced Treatments for Breast Cancer at Florida Hospital
Determining which cancer treatments are used depend on different factors — the type of cancer, each patient’s medical history and current health status, and available therapies. Traditional therapies often include one or a combination of treatments that include surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapy and radiation therapy. Sometimes, alternative therapies and clinical trials are recommended as well.
Hypofractionated Radiation Therapy
You may be a candidate for this new radiation therapy schedule that involves fewer treatments with higher doses of radiation at each treatment. Many patients find this to be more convenient and have fewer side effects than longer, traditional radiation schedules.
IORT (Intraoperative Radiation Therapy)
This revolutionary new procedure delivers precise radiation during a lumpectomy, before the incision is closed. It helps reduce damage done to healthy tissue and greatly decreases the number of radiation treatments you will need after surgery.
Doctors at the FHCI are working closely with the world's leading researchers to develop new therapies and more personalized treatment planning for patients. As a result, we provide several types of targeted therapies, including hormone therapy and immunotherapy, that more precisely identify and attack cancer cells.
Understand the Three Main Reasons that Breast Cancer is So Common
Approximately one in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. In this video, Olga Ivanov, MD, Medical Director of the Comprehensive Breast Health Center, discusses some of the factors that make breast cancer such a common disease and why the number of diagnoses is expected to rise in the future.
Did You Know?
Cancer care coordinators at FHCI provide one-on-one support for you at every step of the cancer journey. They are your advocates for quality care, working as your point of contact for diagnosis and support, rapid scheduling, second opinions, clinical trials, symptom management and ongoing education.
Nationally Recognized Expertise
Florida Hospital Cancer Institute is recognized for our leadership in cancer treatment, research and compassionate care. We’re on a mission to find better ways to treat—and new ways to cure—all forms of cancers.
Best Regional Hospital U.S. News & World Report
Florida Hospital is recognized as the best hospital in Central Florida by U.S. News & World Report.
Commission on Cancer Accreditation
Florida Hospital Cancer Institute has been accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) through the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). This accreditation was obtained through an extensive evaluation of the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute. The CoC accreditation ensures a commitment to quality care, the use of proper infrastructure, and improved patient outcomes.
America College of Radiology Accreditation for Radiation Oncology
Florida Hospital Cancer Institute has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Radiation oncology is the careful use of high-energy radiation to treat cancer. The ACR seal of accreditation represents the highest level of quality and patient safety.
National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancers
Our Breast Care Program has earned accreditation from the American College of Surgeon’s National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). This proves our ability to provide the highest quality care available for breast cancer treatment.