Our team is dedicated to clinical research in the field of breast cancer. They understand breast cancer is not a single disease, and keep current on research that is uncovering innovative ways to identify and treat the many different forms of breast cancer.
As part of a research-intensive medical center, you may have the opportunity to be treated in a clinical trial, which is a research study that tests new treatments. Clinical trials can provide early access to new treatments that may one day redefine the standard of care for treating breast cancer.
Among the larger, currently recruiting breast cancer-related clinical trials at UC San Diego Health is I-SPY 2. This trial seeks to advance personalized care for breast cancer, based on the molecular characteristics of each person's tumor. The information gathered during the trial aims to bring the right drugs to the right patients at the right time. In addition, the research seeks to reduce the cost, time and number of patients needed to bring new drugs to the market place. UC San Diego Health is one of only two centers in California offering women novel treatment through this trial.
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Types of Research
Most of our breast cancer experts are involved in progressive research to:
- Identify breast cancer’s causal and risk factors
- Predict and manage risk through genetic counseling
- Enhance detection
- Increase imaging quality for higher-precision diagnosis and treatment
- Identify breast cancer subtypes
- Expand surgical options to allow the highest opportunity for breast conservation
- Refine the medical oncology tool chest of case-specific alternatives for radiation, chemotherapy and hormone therapy
- Reduce or manage symptoms and side effects
- Causes and abatement of fatigue
- Heighten wellness by exploring new therapies to enhance quality of life during and after cancer treatment
- Decrease probability of recurrence