The Breast Health & Cancer Program at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi provides access to a full range of breast health services, all in one place. Our multidisciplinary team of specialists offers breast surgery and reconstruction, breast medical oncology, and cutting-edge radiation therapy for breast cancer treatments. Reconstruction is an important part of the journey, and we continue to care for patients long after their mastectomy, performing additional procedures when needed.
Our clinic also features a dedicated Breast Imaging Suite, with our all-female multidisciplinary team performing screening, investigative and diagnostic services, using the latest state-of-the-art equipment, in a completely private and compassionate environment.
Our Breast Health & Cancer Program multidisciplinary team works together to provide compassionate, comprehensive breast care, close to home. We offer the latest screening, diagnosis and treatment for women with both breast cancer and benign (non-cancerous) breast diseases, including novel targeted therapies and intraoperative radiation therapy. We also work collaboratively to promote breast health awareness and breast cancer prevention.
Our multidisciplinary approach brings together a team of experts to provide coordinated and exceptional patient care to those diagnosed with breast cancer. The team meets regularly as a multidisciplinary tumor board to discuss each patient and ensure the best treatment options are considered for each individual.
For women requiring surgery after breast cancer, we work closely with the Plastic Surgery Program at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Surgical Subspecialties Institute. The program offers women who have surgery as part of their breast cancer treatment reconstructive surgery to recreate and rebuild the missing breast with prosthetic reconstructions (implants) or autologous reconstruction.
We are one of the few centers in the UAE that provide the DIEP flap procedure, the gold standard treatment for breast reconstruction. We are also one of only a small number of centers globally to offer prophylactic lymphovenous anastomosis within our Lymphedema Service, a cutting-edge procedure which can prevent post-surgery swelling and fluid build-up in the upper extremities – a condition that affects up to 20% of breast cancer patients.
The cells in our body follow a natural process of dividing to reproduce when new cells are needed. If cells in the breast tissue, glands or ducts start to reproduce out of control, this can form a tumor and result in breast cancer. If these cells are normal, the tumor is called benign (non-cancerous), however, if the cells are abnormal, the tumor is known as malignant (cancerous).
The Breast Health & Cancer Program treats a range of breast cancers and conditions, including:
Whatever the patient's age or relationship status we can always offer reconstruction to recreate the breast and improve overall self-image. Working with the Plastic Surgery Program at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Surgical Subspecialties Institute, we offer women who have surgery as part of their breast cancer treatment reconstructive surgery to recreate and rebuild the missing breast with prosthetic reconstructions (implants) or autologous reconstruction using the patient’s own tissue. Surgery can be done immediately at the time of mastectomy (complete removal of the breast) or delayed at any time after the patient finishes her cancer treatment. It is also possible to reconstruct breasts after partial removal of the breast (lumpectomy).
We offer prosthetic reconstruction with silicone implants, and we also offer more complex microsurgical reconstruction using the patient’s own tissue. The most common tissue that we use is the lower abdominal tissue, otherwise known as the DIEP flap. We are one of the few centers in the UAE that provide this gold standard treatment for breast reconstruction.
We also offer a Lymphedema Service, which offers prophylactic lymphovenous anastomosis. Currently only performed in a handful of centers worldwide, the cutting-edge procedure can prevent post-surgery swelling and fluid build-up in the upper extremities, which affects around 20% of all breast cancer patients. Performed by a specialized breast surgeon using micro instruments, the lymphatic vessel surgery is done at the time of mastectomy and clearing of axilla, reducing the risk of lymphedema occurrence to 5%.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women both globally and locally. Signs and symptoms of breast cancer may include:
While there is not a specific cause of breast cancer, there are a number of controllable and non-controllable risk factors which can affect the likeliness of developing it:
Risk factors you can control:
Risk factors you can’t control:
Women at high risk should have more regular screenings to detect any anomalies early.
Early diagnosis offers the best chance of successful treatment of breast cancer, so getting screened (having a mammography) is the first line of defense. Our diagnostic services include:
We offer a range of options to treat breast cancer and our breast care specialists will help to determine the best treatment plan based on type of breast cancer, size and location of the tumor, disease stage, lab test results, and the individual’s overall health.
Treatments can include:
Breast cancer treatments are local or systemic, and patients may have just one form of treatment or a combination. Local treatments include surgery and radiation, which are used to remove, destroy, or control the cancer cells in a specific area. Systemic treatments include chemotherapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, and hormone therapy, which are used to destroy or control cancer cells throughout the body.
Early diagnosis offers the best chance of successful treatment of breast cancer, so routine breast cancer screening (having a mammography) is the first line of defense.
Screening helps to identify cancer before any symptoms appear, meaning that cancer can be detected at an early stage. When breast cancer is found early, it is easier to treat, and survival rates increase.
The Department of Health recommends that women should get mammogram screening every 2 years from the age of 40, or earlier if breast cancer runs in the family.
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Our Breast Health & Cancer Program doctors have extensive expertise in the field of breast health and oncology. Caregivers involved in patient care for this program includes: