Breast Cancer / Rena Rowan Center


Abramson Cancer Center breast cancer clinicians and researchers have led the way nationally for years in breast cancer care and research. By putting our experience to work we offer the best possible treatment outcomes.

Rena Rowan Damone an internationally recognized fashion designer and businesswoman, inspired the Rena Rowan Breast Center and continues to be an advocate for breast cancer awareness.

If diagnosed with breast cancer, or concerned about breast cancer, it's important to have the best team of experts.

Penn's Multidisciplinary Rena Rowan Breast Center has individuals nationally recognized for their expertise. They can provide the information, care and support to help each step of the way.

We offer the latest diagnostic and treatment advances for all types of breast cancer including:

  • Primary Breast Cancer
  • Invasive or infiltrating ductal carcinoma
  • Invasive or infiltrating lobular carcinoma
  • Noninvasive ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
  • Invasive Carcinoma of any pathologic type
  • Metastatic Breast Cancer
  • Inflammatory Breast Cancer

For those concerned about their risk of breast cancer

Penn's Cancer Risk Evaluation Program is designed for those who want information about their personal risk for breast cancer.

Penn's Breast Cancer Research Program is one of the few programs of its kind approved and funded by the National Cancer Institute. Everyday our scientists conduct research that leads us closer to learning the causes of breast cancer and to developing new treatments.

The knowledge gained through our research allows us to better care for those with or at risk for breast cancer.

To learn about what sets us apart, visit:

Survivor Stories

Maryann Volpe

"There is a plan and meaning for everyone. If you get through cancer it really does change you. It makes you a better person: you live more in the moment, you become more compassionate, and you deeply understand what other people are going through when coping with the same terror of cancer. If I had to talk to someone who has to go through what I went through I would say, stay positive and live in the moment with gratitude. One sure way to take focus off yourself is to help and serve others. My spiritually and prayer was so important during my cancer journey. As Mother Teresa said 'the fruit of prayer is love and the fruit of love is service.' My experience at Penn's Abramson Cancer Center was magnificent! Doctors provide compassionate care, coupled with cutting edge technology!"

- Maryann Volpe




Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are studies to find new ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer. The purpose of each clinical trial is to answer a specific question. Our physicians carefully design these studies to find new ways to improve care and quality of life ... more about clinical trials