Why Johns Hopkins
Experience Our Difference
The name Johns Hopkins is synonymous with excellence in patient care and innovations in research. The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center is ushering in a new era of cancer medicine. We are transforming cancer medicine and making a difference in people’s lives all around the world.
Connected and Coordinated Care
Breast cancer program tumor board meeting.
Typically patients encounter a fragmented cancer care system that can be both chaotic and costly. At Johns Hopkins, our multidisciplinary cancer clinics combine the very best resources and specialists—all within a single location—for a highly coordinated experience that delivers exceptional care while conserving time, money and energy.
Patients with a new diagnosis of breast cancer can come to the Breast Cancer Program and have multiple specialists review their pathology, radiology and other tests, and be provided a treatment recommendation and plan. Meet our team of breast cancer specialists.
Our clinics have been so successful that we are expanding our services. The Under Armour Breast Innovation Center, planned for 2018, will house the Breast Cancer Program and continue to make entry to the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, and its system of diagnosing and treatment planning as simple, rapid and patient-friendly as possible.
At Johns Hopkins, we are studying ways to tailor treatment to each person’s genetic code. Researchers in the Breast Cancer Program study biomarkers, genes or gene products found in tumor tissue or in the blood that can be used to detect or monitor disease. By looking at each individual’s genetic makeup, our team is studying the best ways to determine who is more likely to respond to treatment, suffer side effects and how to manage them.
The genetic component of treating breast cancer is opening up a new world of personalized medicine. New technology and the work of our molecular biologists allow for discovering the genetic code of each patient’s breast cancer that can result in a personalized cancer therapy prescription. The goal of this research is to arm doctors with this information, so they can make better decisions about treating breast cancer, resulting in better outcomes for patients.
What we do here extends far beyond the reaches of our own campus. Our breast cancer experts work with community physicians to guide treatment and wellness decisions for individual patients through formal and informal consultations. In this way, we support primary care physicians in their efforts to treat the patient as a whole person, in the total context of their community and family.
Our breast cancer experts provide the highest level of care. Using leading-edge screening technologies and diagnostics, we offer consultations for newly diagnosed patients and those seeking a second opinion about their treatment options. Our goal is to provide patients with enough information to feel comfortable taking the next step managing and treating breast cancer.
With Johns Hopkins, you have access to exceptional faculty and researchers as well as the most advanced tests and therapies available anywhere. Since 1973, the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center has led the world in deciphering the mechanisms of cancer and new ways to treat it. We were recognized early on by the National Cancer Institute, becoming one of the first to earn recognition as a “Center of Excellence.”
We offer a wide range of targeted clinical trials, including new treatments, new approaches to surgery or radiation therapy, and new ways to improve your quality of life. Our innovative approaches have become our standard of care. These advances, along with our groundbreaking research and treatments, are helping more people live with cancer than ever before.