Breast Cancer

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Unmatched Breast Cancer Care in Cleveland

At MetroHealth, we offer advanced screening tools, and our multidisciplinary team has the innovation and expertise to treat breast cancer as effectively as possible.

Early detection is key to fighting breast cancer. If you’re 40 or older, call 216-957-BRST (2778) to schedule a mammogram.

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Good Breast Health Starts With You

Staying in tune with your body and recognizing any changes in your breasts is your first line of defense against breast cancer.

Things you can do to support good breast health include:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Stop smoking, or don’t start
  • Avoid alcohol

It’s important to notice and report any changes in your breast health to your doctor. You should look for:

  • Lumps, hard knots or thickening inside the breast or underarm
  • Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the skin of the breast
  • Change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Dimpling or pulling in of the skin or nipple
  • Itchy or scaly rash on the nipple
  • Bloody nipple discharge
  • New pain in one spot that does not go away


Who should get a Mammogram

Who should get a mammogram?

MetroHealth’s breast health specialists recommend yearly mammograms starting at age 40.


Schedule a Mamogram

Schedule a Mammogram

Women age 40 and older should have a yearly mammogram to help detect breast cancer early. Your doctor may recommend starting yearly screenings earlier based on your risk factors. Call 216-957-BRST (2778) to schedule your yearly mammogram.

Mobile Mammography Van

Find the Mobile Mammography Van

The MetroHealth Mobile Mammography Van provides opportunities throughout the year to get your Mammogram on the Go at Discount Drug Mart, churches, workplaces, and other community venues. To connect with Mobile Mammography, call 216-957-BRST (2778).


Advanced Breast Cancer Screening Options

At MetroHealth, we are setting the standard for the early detection of breast cancer.

MetroHealth is designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology’s Commission on Quality and Safety and the Commission on Breast Imaging, and offers screenings in seven convenient locations as well as a mobile coach.

Our advanced technology is designed to detect breast cancer as early as possible:

3-D mammography screening

At MetroHealth, 3D mammography (3D breast tomosynthesis) is our standard screening mammogram protocol for every patient. 3D mammograms provide a more accurate exam by looking at the breast tissue in sections, significantly improving early breast cancer detection and lowering the need for follow-up imaging. In fact, multiple clinical studies show that 3D mammography finds 40% more invasive cancer not seen with conventional 2D mammography. We use the lowest dose of radiation available for 3D mammography in this advanced screening tool.


Diagnostic Advanced Technology

At MetroHealth, we take breast care seriously, offering specialized diagnostic tests that provide precise answers. Sometimes after a mammography screening, your provider may want to do further testing. That happens if results from the initial imaging reveal something abnormal. Additional diagnostic tests provide a closer look, ultimately allowing your provider to confirm or rule out cancer.

Automated breast ultrasounds (ABUS)


Breast MRIs for high-risk patients


Breast Biopsies

If you had a mammogram and your results showed a breast abnormality, then your provider may recommend an image-guided breast biopsy. This is a minimally invasive procedure to assess a suspicious mass or calcifications, abnormal lymph nodes, or a distortion in the structure of the breast tissue.


Breast and Cervical Cancer Project

Breast and Cervical Cancer Project

MetroHealth is one of the few participants in the Breast and Cervical Cancer Project, which provides payment assistance for screening, diagnosis, and treatment.

To find out more about how you may qualify,
contact 419-335-3907 or visit the Breast and Cervical Cancer Project.

Personalized Treatment for Breast Cancer

Multidisciplinary Team. Innovation and Expertise. Treating Breast Cancer as Effectively as Possible.

We believe every person deserves personalized care, and our specialists in surgical oncology, medical oncology, and radiation oncology, work with you and the rest of the multidisciplinary treatment team to develop an individualized treatment plan.

Additionally, throughout your journey, you’ll partner with a certified patient health navigator to help guide you through the entire process. Our patient navigators will connect you to the medical resources you need and help guide you through the treatment phase. Most people are seen within 3 to 7 days of diagnosis. In some cases, you’re seen within 24 hours.

How Are We Different?

Accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancers since 2011, MetroHealth’s multi-disciplinary care team focuses on the patient journey and will develop a personalized approach in managing the patient’s social wellbeing throughout the treatment plan, which may include:

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  • Breast conserving surgery
  • Skin-sparing and nipple sparing mastectomy
  • Oncoplastic breast surgery
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy
  • Reconstructive Surgery


Supportive Care

  • Nutrition support
  • Social work
  • Psychosocial support
  • Physical therapy
  • Lymphedema detection and treatment
  • Palliative care


  • Systemic chemotherapy radiation therapy
  • Targeted therapies
  • Immunotherapy
  • Clinical trials

Radiation Therapy

  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
  • Prone breast radiation

Special Considerations

  • Genetic counseling and testing
  • Fertility preservation

Innovative Breast Cancer Care

At MetroHealth, you’ll have access to some of the most innovative treatment options in northeast Ohio, including localized radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and minimally invasive surgery.

You’ll have access to state-of-the-art technology including Steriotactic Body Radiation Therapy and Prone Breast Radiation Therapy—tools that have helped us minimize toxicity associated with radiation therapy and achieve a higher five-year breast cancer survival rate than the national average.

Groundbreaking Research

If appropriate, we’ll enroll you in groundbreaking clinical trials to ensure that you receive the most effective treatment for your individual cancer. We address health disparities by enrolling minority populations in clinical trials at more than 4 times the national average.

For more information, please call 216-778-7328.

Recovering from Breast Cancer

When you’re recovering from breast cancer, hope is essential. At MetroHealth, you’ll receive care from our oncology team that has been recognized by the American College of Surgeons for the highest possible level of training and expertise.

At MetroHealth, people who are treated for breast cancer have a higher five-year survival rate than the national average.*

*National Cancer Database Data

With You Every Step

MetroHealth cares for you on every step of your journey:

  • You’ll benefit from integrated behavioral health services every step of the way, because mental health plays a vital role in well-being.
  • We partner with American Cancer Society, The Greater Cleveland Food Bank, and other community organizations to provide support, resources, and care for patients and families.

Social Workers Available

MetroHealth provides a social worker to help patients navigate their breast cancer journey and connect with resources. Call 216-778-8204 to connect with a social worker.

The Gathering Place

MetroHealth partners with The Gathering Place to provide individual, group, and family support services, including nutrition and exercise programs, the Regina Brett Wig Salon, special programs, and legal or financial consultation.


Caring for the Uninsured or Underinsured

If you’re uninsured or underinsured, our community outreach program—BREAST—can get you the care you need.

The BREAST Program works to improve the breast health of uninsured and underinsured minorities by providing screening mammograms at community events as well as at MetroHealth clinics where mammography is available.

How It Works/Highlights

BREAST (Bringing Education, Advocacy, and Support Together) focuses on navigating women through breast cancer screening services, addressing barriers to care, and changing behavior to avoid risk factors for cancer.

The program provides free, culturally sensitive bilingual education, mammogram scheduling, and patient navigation services.

Peer-to-peer grassroots volunteers—named Amigas— are bilingual, peer-to-peer grassroots volunteers who are trained to educate other women in their communities about the importance of breast cancer screening.

Our BREAST (Bringing Education, Advocacy and Support Together) Program offers:

  • Free mobile clinical breast exams in the community
  • Free mobile mammograms in the community and mammograms at MetroHealth Medical Center
  • Free or reduced-cost follow-up care at MetroHealth Medical Center
  • Free breast cancer education
  • Free patient navigation
  • Bilingual Breast Screenings and Health Fairs at community centers, churches and other locations in Cleveland

Who Qualifies

  • Low-income women over age 35
  • Cuyahoga County residents
  • At least one year since last mammogram

We Can Help

BREAST/Amigas is nationally recognized with a Komen Community Service Award for outstanding efforts in raising awareness of breast cancer issues and the importance of early detection, as well as for innovative outreach initiatives, particularly with underserved women.

To learn how to get your screening mammogram covered, or for more information about Breast/Amigas call our program at 216-778-8557 (Se Habla Español).


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Advancing Care Through Research

At MetroHealth, every oncologist participates in research, bringing advances in cancer care directly to your bedside. We address health disparities by enrolling people from minority populations in clinical trials at more than 4 times the national average.

For more information about our studies, or to enroll in a study that might be right for you, contact our oncology team at 216-77-TREAT.

A Team Dedicated to You

The MetroHealth Cancer Institute team is setting a new standard of cancer care in northeast Ohio.  

Meet the Institute Team
A Team Dedicated To You

Our Expertise. Your Healthiest Outcome.

The MetroHealth Cancer Institute is accredited by The Commission on Cancer and The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

Both accreditations are through the American College of Surgeons and reflect our team’s high level of expertise and quality care.