Leaders in Breast Cancer Treatment

At Stanford, our breast cancer doctors and researchers have been instrumental in developing many of the leading technologies used to diagnose and treat breast cancer today. Our Breast Cancer Program is a major referral center for patients across the country. This expertise allows us to offer you personalized treatment options based on the most recent clinical and research data available.

Breast Cancer Program
900 Blake Wilbur Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone: 650-498-6004 Getting Here
Maps & Directions
900 Blake Wilbur Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone: 650-498-6004 Getting Here

Our Doctors

Care and Treatment of Breast Cancer

Stanford Breast Cancer Program Expertise

With breast cancer the second leading malignancy among American women, chances are that you or someone you know and love will receive this diagnosis. Choosing the right cancer center from the start for your treatment can make a big difference.

Stanford's Breast Cancer program is located in the new Women's Cancer Center, a warm and welcoming facility that unites clinicians, researchers, and health care professionals in a nurturing environment.

Program highlights include:

  • Collaborative team-based care for each patient:
    • Nationally recognized experts working together in an integrated program
    • Weekly multispecialty tumor board for challenging clinical dilemmas
  • Superior diagnostic capabilities:
    • Digital mammography, breast ultrasound, 3T breast MRI, image-guided breast core biopsy, body CT scans, body/brain MRI, PET/CT and bone scans
    • Sophisticated interventional radiology procedures
  • Advanced treatment options:
    • Breast conservation options for large or other complex primary tumors
    • Single dose intra-operative radiation therapy (IORT) and 3D conformal partial breast irradiation that minimize radiation post-lumpectomy
    • Nipple sparing mastectomy that leaves intact much or all of the normal skin of the breast
    • Breast reconstruction procedures that go beyond breast implants or conventional tissue flaps
    • Access to novel anti-cancer medications, new drug combinations and the latest clinical trials
  • Extensive support services:
    • Guest service professionals to help navigate and manage treatment options,
    • Support groups that help with changes in body image and sexual side effects
    • Complementary healing programs such as meditation and acupuncture
    • Survivorship program for both patients and family members
  • Integrated, innovative research to help improve our understanding of breast cancer, develop new tools for early detection, and create more effective treatments 

Clinical Trials

Our breast cancer patients benefit from world-class research, and access to experimental therapies and clinical trials at Stanford, which test today's best practices with potential treatment standards for the future. The collaborative effort among researchers and clinicians at the Women's Cancer Center is yielding important findings that are impacting our patients before, during and after diagnosis with breast cancer.

The BRCA Decision Tool guides the management of cancer risks for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers, helping Melanie Lemons understand options and make critical decisions.

  • Stem cell research that may help early detection and treatment strategies, and predict reoccurrence
  • Improved tumor classification that allows for more personalized treatment options
  • Clinical trials with investigational therapies:
    • PARP inhibitors, which may be used as preventive therapy for women with an inherited risk of breast cancer, as well as in combination with chemotherapy to maximize outcomes
    • Vaccines to prevent HER2-positive breast cancer
    • Immunotherapies that corral the immune system in fighting the disease
  • Preventive strategies for women at increased risk of breast cancer based on computer modeling
  • Improved visualization techniques for finding cancers in dense breast tissue

Before beginning treatment, ask your doctor about any clinical trials you should consider. Learn more about clinical trials for cancer patients.

Clinical trial eligibility flowcharts

Eligibility flowcharts map clinical trials to specific types of cancers to determine if a participant is eligible for the particular clinical trial. View all breast cancer eligibility flowcharts at the Stanford Cancer Institute.

For Patients


Review the New Patient Packet for information about:

  • What to expect on the day of your appointment
  • Maps, directions, parking, public transit options, and contact information
  • Other patient resources

Bring completed forms found in the Breast Cancer New Patient Letter.

Patients receiving breast reconstruction or plastic surgery should also bring the Breast Reconstruction Surgery New Patient Visit Questionnaire to their appointment.


Please fax the Medical Record Release Form to your new patient coordinator. The medical release form is an authorization form for external facilities to release medical records to Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics). 

International Patients
Phone: +1 650-723-8561
Email: IMS@stanfordmed.org

Call us to make an appointment



For Health Care Professionals


Phone: 1-866-742-4811
Fax: 650-320-9443
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics) provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as provides the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions visit Referring Physicians.


Fax a referral form with supporting documentation to 650-320-9443.

Please note, though this form is from Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics), it is also used for all Cancer Center referrals.

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