Introduction to Breast Cancer Series Video Transcript


Professional Oncology Education
Breast Cancer
Introduction to Breast Cancer Series
Time: 3:24

Gabriel Hortobagyi, M.D.
Professor & Chair
Breast Medical Oncology
The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center


Hello, I'm Dr. Gabriel Hortobagyi, Chair of Breast Medical Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Welcome to our professional oncology education website. We have developed this resource in order to share our experiences and best practices with you in preventing, diagnosing and treating breast cancer.

A major theme of this institution is our multidisciplinary approach to care, and this has been the case for many decades. Nowhere is this approach more evident than in the care of breast cancer patients.

Much of our care is delivered through the MD Anderson Nellie B. Connally Breast Center, one of the largest multidisciplinary breast centers in the country.

Every breast cancer patient who comes to MD Anderson is evaluated by a team before therapy has begun. The team consists of some 50 or 60 doctors, surgeons, medical oncologists, radiotherapists, pathologists, and imaging, and interventional specialists that focus exclusively on cancer every day.

We have the best and newest in diagnostic imaging, the largest and one of the most advanced radiation oncology facilities in the world, and our surgical facilities are state of the art. We are very research-driven and provide the best in chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, and new targeted therapies. We also provide outstanding supportive care and symptom management.

Our major research emphasis is the development of personalized medicine for patients with breast cancer and we offer multiple clinical trials as stepping stones towards that ultimate goal.

All the components of the multidisciplinary breast group are concentrated in one geographic location, on one floor in dignified, beautiful quarters that provide comfort to patients in a very difficult time in their life.

Within the Breast Center, we have several specialty clinics, including a world renowned inflammatory breast cancer clinic.

Our High Risk Breast Screening and Genetics Clinic provides screening, chemoprevention, and genetic risk evaluation for individuals at risk of breast cancer.

We also recognize that breast cancer survivors have special needs and have developed specialized clinics and resources to guide their care. In the Breast Cancer Survivorship Clinic, our team works closely with specialized health care providers to identify, monitor and manage late effects of cancer and its therapies.

Research shows that patients with breast cancer are among the most active and educated patients. And they'll seek the newest treatments and prevention methods wherever they may be available. Our goal is to work in partnership with you to advance breast cancer care, clinical research, and provide patients with access to the newest and best possible therapies.

We hope that the resources that we're providing on this website will be of value to you in your practice. Please visit our site often as new lectures and other professional educational resources become available, and let us know if there are subjects of particular interest to you. We look forward to receiving your feedback. Thank you.


Introduction to Breast Cancer Series video