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Breast Cancer

Women of various races with pink tee shirts for breast cancer.

Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center experts at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., and Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, have expertise in managing all types of breast cancers. The Sullivan Breast Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital is a comprehensive center offering everything from breast imaging and biopsies to genetic testing and counseling.


Tailored Cancer Treatments

Our medical and radiation oncologists, and surgeons, as well as pathologists, radiologists, pain medicine specialists, oncology nurses, patient navigators, social workers, geneticists, lymphedema specialists and others work together to support each patient’s experience. Patients at our center benefit from the expertise of our multidisciplinary team and have access to clinical trials. An individualized care plan is developed for every patient that maximizes the opportunity for a successful outcome. We also offer reconstructive breast surgery. Additionally, patients at our center have access to clinical trials and novel treatment approaches. Our oncologists can help provide more information.

Latest Technology in Breast Imaging

Dr. Pouneh Razavi, director of breast imaging at Sibley Memorial Hospital and Suburban Hospital, discusses the multidisciplinary team approach. She also describes how she and her team use the latest technology in breast imaging to detect cancer earlier and achieve more positive outcomes for patients.


  • A Full Array of Cancer Treatments

    Our breast cancer experts offer a range of tailored treatment options, including chemotherapy and radiation, and surgery, as well as endocrine therapy and targeted therapies, such as anti-HER2 therapy.

  • Proton Therapy

    Some cancers may benefit from proton therapy, which uses high energy beams to deliver radiation. The Johns Hopkins Proton Therapy Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital is one of the largest and most advanced centers in the U.S., with three treatment rooms.


On Target with Dr. Akila Viswanathan - Breast Cancer

Radiation oncologist Jean Wright, director of the Radiation Oncology Breast Cancer Program, explains the different types of breast cancer and their frequency of diagnosis.


Patient Support Services

Beyond medical treatment, our program has other innovative methods of supporting our patients. See our Center for Patient and Family Services page for information about social work, survivorship, patient navigation, spiritual support and other services, or call 202-537-4107.

Programs offered at Sibley for cancer survivors include classes in yoga, meditation and mindfulness, reiki and art therapy. We also host a breast cancer support group at Sibley, a survivorship series for post-treatment education and support, and an annual Living with Breast Cancer symposium at Suburban. Many options have been moved to online resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn about the Talk and Walk program at Suburban Hospital, which allows patients who have had breast cancer to learn about breast cancer-related topics, socialize and get some exercise.

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Learn about the Breast Cancer Ambassador program, which brings breast cancer survivor volunteers to the bedsides of patients who have had mastectomies, to offer gift baskets and offer encouragement.

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Patients can receive all of their care at locations within the greater Washington region.

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