On May 14th, the Young Breast Cancer Clinic (YBCC), located on the fifth floor of Outpatient Building in the Main Campus of Union Hospital, was opened and provided a large-scale free clinical service. The YBCC will continue to carry out a series of activities including medical assistance and medical education for the public in the future.
“Yong breast cancer patients are defined as breast cancer patients under the age of 40. About one fifth of the inpatients in our department met the criteria, with the youngest being only 15 years old. The causes of breast cancer in young patients are complicated, usually related to hereditary factors or gene mutations. Relevant research are still ongoing.” Prof. Jing Yao, Director of the Breast Oncology Department of Cancer Center of Union Hospital, introduced that young breast cancer patients had a higher risk of recurrence, metastasis and heredity, and they always had a strong desire for medical treatment. Given the young age at the time of cancer onset, the patients have special and personalized requirements for medical treatment, including getting back to normal life and work after treatment as much as possible, fertility protection, and preservation of the appearance of the breasts. Therefore, the treatment plans cannot be the same as those of the elderly breast cancer patients.
For young breast cancer patients, a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) has been set up in Union Hospital, consisting of experts in the fields of breast oncology, breast surgery, orthopedic surgery, gynecology and reproductive medicine, endocrinology, cardiology, neurology, radiology and ultrasonography. The MDT team aims to provide personalized diagnosis and treatment for young breast cancer patients, including screening, diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer, ovarian protection, plastic reconstruction, psychological therapy, and fertility guidance.
Edited by: International Exchange Office