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At the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, our comprehensive breast care program starts with prevention through mammography screening. For those who have been diagnosed, we combat the disease using state-of-the-art technologies and procedures.

Fast Facts

About one in eight women will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, making it the most diagnosed cancer among women and their second leading cause of death. It is a disease in which cancer cells form in breast tissue and can spread to surrounding areas. The good news is that with early detection and treatment, most patients can lead normal lives.


Often, there are no symptoms of breast cancer because lumps may be too small to feel or may not cause any other noticeable changes. Sometimes, the first sign may be a mass that shows up on a mammogram. Lumps that are painless, hard or have rough edges are more likely to be The Florida Hospital Cancer Institute (FHCI) strives to be a leader in cancer care by providing outstanding services and state-of-the-art technologies to our community. As one of the most complete cancer networks in the state, FHCI offers comprehensive services, including the latest medical breakthroughs in detection, prevention, treatment and research. To make a difference in the life of every patient we serve, the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute provides Volusia and Flagler Counties with exceptional cancer care conveniently close to home. cancerous, but cancerous lumps can also be soft and tender. Patients should talk to their physicians about anything unusual such as breast swelling, breast pain, nipple discharge or lumps under the arms. Patients with a family history of breast cancer are more likely to develop the disease.

Diagnosis and Staging

Breast cancer is diagnosed through physical exams, mammograms ultrasounds and MRIs, and tissue biopsies. Once diagnosed, physicians may use many types of tools to determine how far the cancer has progressed. These tools may include the same ones used to diagnose the disease, as well as blood tests, bone scans, and CT/PET scans.

Multidisciplinary Cancer Care

Our multidisciplinary breast cancer care team brings together a group of health care professionals in different disciplines with appropriate skills to consider the most appropriate, effective treatment and care options. They develop the best care plan for you together, rather than each specialist seeing you individually to give their opinion. The team considers all of your medical, physical and supportive care needs, along with other factors that may affect you. This team effort is designed to create the most efficient care and reduces delays in treatment and referral to vital services.


Breast cancer treatment most often includes surgery, radiation or chemotherapy, or a combination of these therapies. At the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, we utilize the most advanced procedures available for each of these therapies. We offer breast conservation and mastectomy procedures, and will also coordinate breast reconstruction surgery if needed. We specialize in lumpectomies, mastectomies, and lymph node removal if breast cancer has spread outside the milk duct. Through our Patient Care Navigator program, we assist patients at every step of their treatment processes.