Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine
SMITH BREAST CENTER
The Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine offers women a comprehensive, expert resource for all their breast care needs, including mammography screening, evaluation of benign disease, and prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all stages of breast cancer.
The Smith Breast Center combines a multidisciplinary team of breast care specialists in one location, all collaborating to improve patient outcomes and expedite treatment. Integration of clinical care with our renowned breast research program enables us to quickly translate the latest research findings into improved treatment for our patients.
We are one of only a few comprehensive breast care centers in the country focused exclusively on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast disease and breast cancer. Statistics show that patients who go to comprehensive breast centers have improved outcomes and greater likelihood of survival compared to those who seek treatment elsewhere.
Our physicians are board-certified experts in all areas of breast health and disease, with years of intense, focused research and decades of experience treating thousands of patients diagnosed with breast problems and breast cancer. The Smith Breast Center team includes radiologists, prevention and risk assessment specialists, genetic counselors, pathologists, surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, reconstructive and restorative surgeons, psychologists, chemotherapy infusion specialists, pharmacists, cell biologists, molecular biologists and biostatisticians.
SAVING LIVES THROUGH RESEARCH
At the Smith Breast Center, patient care is supported by our internationally recognized research program, ensuring treatment based on the latest findings and discoveries. Our vision for the future is personalized medicine – using patients’ own genetic makeup to help identify their potential for breast cancer, prevent its onset, more effectively diagnose and treat the disease when it does occur, and one day, provide a cure.
After 30 years of focused research, breast cancer is among the first diseases to be treated using genetic analysis, with the doctors and scientists at Baylor College of Medicine providing much of the scientific data leading to this approach. Today, the Smith Breast Center is using genetic testing to identify women with a predisposed genetic risk for breast cancer and offering treatment programs based on that analysis, including new clinical trials designed to prevent the disease.
PART OF AN NCI-DESIGNATED CANCER CENTER
The Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center is a major component of the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine, which brings together research, patient care, education and outreach activities from BCM and its affiliated hospitals to expedite the fight against this devastating disease. The Duncan Cancer Center has been named a designated cancer center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a significant milestone that opens the doors for additional funding to combat cancer. It is one of two NCI designated centers in Houston.
Baylor co-hosted breast conference draws large group of researchers
The conference, co-hosted in collaboration with Baylor, the American Association of Cancer Research & Research Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, brought together researchers from around the world who presented new research all areas of breast cancer, including major reports on prevention, management and new treatment options.
Dr. Kent Osborne, director of the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center and the NCI-designated Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor and co-director of the symposium, has been involved since 1978. Osborne was a faculty member at UTHSCA at the time the symposium started, before moving to Baylor in 1999.
Please click on the link below and read all about this conference and the progress of research