The Champalimaud Breast Unit investigates and works daily to improve the burden of breast cancer - the most common form of cancer in women and one of the principal causes of oncologic death, with around 1500 mortalities per annum in Portugal.
Multidisciplinary meetings are held every week in the Breast Unit for treatment decisions, and consultations are shared between specialities whenever necessary. In the multidisciplinary meetings, besides the members of the Breast Unit, which includes medical oncologists, breast surgeons, plastic surgeons, radiotherapists, radiologists, pathologists and geneticists, and we count also on the participation of nuclear medicine specialists, specialised nurses, psycho-oncologists, nutritionists and palliative care specialists.
All members of the Unit are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the breast, and particular relevance is placed on risk assessment and early diagnosis as being central to prevention of cancer and the efforts to control its progress. As one of the principal tools utilized in the study of breast tissue and potential carcinogenic lesions, mammograms perform an extremely important role in this effort. They can, and do, make all the difference.
The Breast Unit team is committed to achieving the best outcomes for its patients in the various possibilities of diagnosis and treatment, while simultaneously striving to ensure quality of life and the very best standard of care. One example of this is the work done by our Unit’s plastic surgeons, who use all possible reconstruction techniques at the same time as the extraction of the tumour, in order to reduce the physical and psychological impact of the illness.
It is our belief that breakthroughs are achieved through clinical and translational research combined with outstanding medical care which follows international directives. All treatments and second opinions are based on scientific evidence, with various clinical trials currently underway in the Champalimaud Breast Unit and others due to open shortly.
In 2016 the CCC Breast Unit became the first Breast Unit certified in Portugal by ITALCERT in partnership with BCCERT. This certification thus testify that the Champalimaud Foundation Breast Unit is in compliance with the standard Eusoma guidelines on "The requirements of a specialist breast centre".
Source: Informação sobre a incidência e mortalidade por cancro em Portugal, “Globocan 2008”, International Agency for Research on Cancer, World Health Organisation.