Breast Cancer Program

Part of Stanford Women's Cancer Center

Our doctors help define the national protocols for breast cancer through their active role in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Guideline Panels.

Anita Laughlin Now Cancer-Free After Annual Mammogram and Innovative Treatment
Anita Laughlin credits Stanford doctor Frederick Dirbas, MD, and the innovative treatment of IORT with her rapid recovery from early stage breast cancer.


Each woman’s breast cancer experience is unique, which is why we provide customized care for you. Our doctors, nurses, technicians, and staff are here to support you throughout your journey with treatment plans tailored to fit your individual needs. At weekly Tumor Board meetings, experts from multiple disciplines review cases that require more complex recommendations.

Your Doctors

Surgical Oncologist

An oncologist is a doctor who specializes in treating cancer. Surgical Oncologists specialize in treating cancer through traditional (open) and minimally invasive surgery. Surgical oncologists perform biopsies (tiny tissue samples) to test for cancer and surgically remove cancer tumors and surrounding breast tissue.

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Medical Oncologist

Medical oncologists have specialized training in diagnosing and treating breast cancer using medications, including chemotherapy and biological, hormonal, and targeted therapy.

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Radiation Oncologist

Radiation oncologists have subspecialty training in using high-energy radiation to destroy or prevent the spread of cancer while protecting healthy tissue.

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Breast Reconstructive Surgeon

Breast Reconstruction Surgeons have specialty training in rebuilding and reshaping breasts after cancer surgery to remove tumors. Many breast reconstruction surgeons are plastic surgeons and use synthetic implants or tissue from elsewhere in your body to reconstruct your breast.

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General Surgeon

General surgeons have training in performing surgeries for a variety of conditions and body systems, but can also select a specific body system to focus on.

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A radiologist who specializes in breast cancer has additional training in imaging technologies, including X-ray, ultrasound, CT, and MRI, to detect and diagnose breast cancer. These doctors interpret imaging results and take biopsies, as needed, to help confirm a diagnosis.

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These doctors have special training in detecting and diagnosing cancer by examining tissue samples, taken during a biopsy under a microscope. Pathologists work closely with oncologists to determine the type and stage of breast cancer you have.

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Academic Medical Center (AMC) Roles

Extended Care Team

Advanced Practice Providers
Nurses and Nurse Coordinators (RN)
Care Coordinators

Frequently Asked Questions

Considering Stanford
What insurance plans does Stanford Health Care accept?
How do I find the right doctor for me?
What breast cancer support services are available?
Do I need a doctor referral to be seen at the Stanford Breast Cancer Program?

You can call the clinic directly to schedule an appointment with a Stanford breast cancer specialist. To make an appointment, call the Breast Cancer Program at 650-498-6004

Is financial assistance available?
First Appointment
What can I expect on my first appointment?
What should I bring to my first appointment?
I need directions to the clinic. Where do I park?
How do I send my medical record to SHC?
Can my family member or friend attend my appointment?
Can I record my discussion with my doctor during my appointment?
What is the best way to get all my questions answered during my appointment?
Are translator/interpreter services available?
Current Patients
What support resources are available to me?
How do I cancel or reschedule my appointment?
How do I know if a clinical trial is right for me?
How do I pay my bill?
Are translator/interpreter services available?
International Patients
I live overseas. How do I access Stanford care?

Please call +1 650-723-8561 or email to get started. 

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