Department and Faculty
Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, provides comprehensive breast cancer screening, evaluation, education and treatment through its Breast Diagnostic Clinic. Mayo physicians diagnose and treat more than 1,300 new patients with breast cancer each year. Mayo surgeons provide definitive surgical management for approximately 750 patients with breast cancer each year.
Mayo Clinic is among the most active breast cancer research facilities in the world. A team of medical professionals from several specialties provides innovative treatment strategies and supportive care to make patients' medical care as effective and comfortable as possible.
Mayo Clinic physicians work with patients to develop personalized treatment plans for their unique needs. Services include evaluation of breast abnormalities, breast cancer prevention, screening, diagnostic testing, patient education, genetic counseling and comprehensive treatment options.
A variety of conditions are evaluated, including fibrocystic breasts, breast pain, high-risk conditions, breast lumps, breast cancer and inflammatory breast cancer, lobular carcinoma in situ, breast discharge, breast infections, and abnormal mammograms.
Physicians in the Breast Diagnostic Clinic coordinate surgical consultation for patients who choose surgical treatment options. General surgeons and plastic surgeons form the core of the patient's surgical team and work together to provide the best care for the patient.
At Mayo Clinic, patient evaluations and treatment occur expeditiously. Patients diagnosed with breast cancer are often scheduled for surgery the next day, if desired. Mayo Clinic pathologists immediately and intraoperatively evaluate resected tissue with frozen section techniques. Direct, face-to-face contact with the pathologist allows the surgeon to verify the tumor margins and other important pathology details.