The High Risk Breast Clinic at UofL Health – Brown Cancer Center provides individuals with a high risk for developing breast cancer an opportunity to meet with our multidisciplinary team to discuss ways to their risk.
The multidisciplinary team includes:
- Dedicated breast oncologist
- Dedicated gynecologic oncologist
Being aware of how you can reduce your risk of a breast cancer diagnosis is very important. This team provides patients with the information and resources necessary to make informed decisions regarding their health. Our goal is to raise awareness of breast cancer and develop a plan for surveillance and risk reduction.
With a personalized treatment plan, patients can make more informed decisions regarding their health including genetic counseling and testing, risk-reducing medications and additional cancer screening/testing.
Patients with a known genetic predisposition (such as BRCA 1 or 2) or who have previous abnormal findings from breast biopsies should be seen by the High Risk Clinic as early as possible to discuss preventative strategies, as well as surgical and medical management.
If you don’t meet any of the above conditions, anyone can schedule an initial visit to discuss your personal risks.
Patients may receive a referral to the clinic from their primary care provider or OB/GYN if they have the following:
A personal history of:
- Diagnosis of ovarian cancer
- Being of Ashkenazi Jewish descent
- Known mutation in cancer susceptibility gene in the family
- Dense breast tissue on a mammogram
- Long-term estrogen use
- Prior chest wall radiation for lymphoma
A family history of:
- First or second-degree relatives with breast, ovarian or prostate cancer, especially at a young age (less than 50 years of age)
- Male breast cancer
- A family member with triple-negative breast cancer
- Individuals who had a prior breast biopsy that showed atypical ductal hyperplasia (ADH), atypical lobular hyperplasia (ALH), lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) or ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
Patients can typically be seen within one week of referral and the entire family may have genetic testing completed if necessary.
For patients interested in learning more about the High Risk Clinic or to refer a patient, call 502-562-HOPE (4673).