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.

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Survivor Stories

Kristi Elder

Kristi Elder lived cancer free for 12 years after treatments in her mid-20s for a rare cancer. While coming to Penn for routine follow-up, a staff member recognized that Kristi could benefit from our survivorship program. In Kristi's first visit with our Living Well after Cancer program, she and the Director, Linda Jacobs, PhD, CRNP, simply talked for over an hour about her life. Kristi received personal counseling and referrals to specialists to deal with specific side effects from her cancer treatment. This past year, Kristi was again diagnosed with the same form of cancer. Her physician at Penn has enrolled her in a clinical trial, and she credits the Living Well After Cancer program with bringing her to a place emotionally and physically where she can handle this recurrence and be hopeful about the future.




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