Breast Cancer

The breast cancer program at the University of Nebraska offers comprehensive, expert care for all patients with any stage of breast cancer. The members of the team include dedicated breast radiographers, breast pathologists, breast surgeons and medical and radiation oncologists that specialize in breast cancer. In addition our nurse coordinators specialize in breast cancer allowing in-depth knowledge for optimal patient education and control of symptoms specific to the treatment of breast cancer. This multi-disciplinary expert specialization offers all patients coordinated care incorporating the best treatment of the day and often treatment that will come to be recognized as a standard for the future.

Our four Oncologists that treat Breast Cancer are Dr. Kenneth Cowan, Dr. Elizabeth Reed, Dr. Jairam Krishnamurthy, and Dr. Pavan Tandra. All standard treatments and many investigational treatment options are available to patients. All faculty of the UNMC Division of Oncology/Hematology have appointments in the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, a NCI-designated cancer center that is directed by Dr. Kenneth Cowan. Dr. Cowan is also one of the four medical oncologists that exclusively treats breast cancer and is able to bring exciting bench research to the breast clinic patient. The second breast medical oncologist, Dr. Elizabeth Reed, is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) breast committee that writes guidelines for the treatment of breast cancer. These guidelines are accepted nationally and internationally as the standard of care for breast cancer. The breast oncology physicians offer clinical trials as members of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology and Big 10 Cancer Research Consortium. These are large cooperative clinical trial groups funded by the National Cancer Institute. These physicians also conduct their own phase I and II trials that originate at UNMC.

The Breast Cancer Collaborative Registry was developed by and hosted at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center. The Breast Cancer Collaborative Registry (BCCR) is a web-based system developed by the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The BCCR is designed to provide a collaborative platform to centers with expertise in breast cancer epidemiology, genetics, biology, early detection and patient care with the goal to facilitate rapid and uniform collection of critical information and biological samples to be used in developing prevention and treatment strategies against breast cancer.

Patients may be evaluated and treated for breast cancer on the main, mid-town, UNMC campus at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, Bellevue Clinic, Village Point Clinic and Shenandoah Clinic.  The Fred & Pamela Cancer Center that is located at the main UNMC Campus has inpatient services chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Alternatively, the outpatient Nebraska Medicine Village Pointe Cancer Center in west Omaha and Shenandoah offers all medical oncology services including chemotherapy and radiation therapy at a single convenient location.