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Breast Center: Breast Cancer Treatment

When the diagnosis of breast cancer is established, it is important for the patient to understand the course of her or his disease and the best options for therapy. For treatment of breast cancer, the UF Health Breast Center – Jacksonville offers the collaborative efforts of highly trained UF specialists in breast surgery, medical oncology (chemotherapy) and radiation therapy.

The Breast Center also offers a dedicated patient navigator to help guide patients from the time they are diagnosed through their treatment.

For patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, UF breast surgeons offer four primary surgical treatment options:

  • Lumpectomy - removal of the breast tumor and surrounding tissues. This is also commonly referred to as breast conservation surgery.
  • Mastectomy – total breast removal – is performed in cases with large or multiple tumors. The division also offers prophylactic mastectomy, which is the preventative removal of the breast to reduce the risk of cancer in high-risk individuals.
  • Modified radical mastectomy - removal of the entire breast, several lymph nodes beneath the arm, the lining over the chest muscles, and in some cases part of the chest muscles. This is the most commonly performed procedure for breast cancer.
  • Partial or segmental mastectomy - removal of the cancer as well as some of the breast tissue surrounding the tumor; including the lining over the chest muscles under the tumor. Usually some of the lymph nodes under the arm are removed. This surgical option is typically followed by radiation therapy.

A patient may be given radiation therapy, chemotherapy or hormone therapy following surgery in an attempt to destroy any remaining cancerous cells.

Because each patient is different, the physician will review various treatment options with the patient prior to developing a treatment strategy.

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  1. UF Health Surgery – Jacksonville

    2nd Floor, Faculty Clinic
    653 West 8th Street
    Jacksonville, FL 32209

  2. UF Health Surgery – North

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    15255 Max Leggett Parkway
    Jacksonville, FL 32218


Hematology and Medical Oncology

  1. UF Health Hematology and Oncology – Jacksonville

    3rd Floor, Faculty Clinic
    653 West 8th Street
    Jacksonville, FL 32209

  2. UF Health Hematology and Oncology – North

    Suite 6000
    15255 Max Leggett Parkway
    Jacksonville, FL 32218

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    555 West 8th Street
    Jacksonville, FL 32209

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    Suite 6000
    15255 Max Leggett Parkway
    Jacksonville, FL 32218


Radiation Oncology

  1. UF Health Proton Therapy Institute

    2015 Jefferson Street
    Jacksonville, FL 32206