Baylor Health Care System Foundation

Breast Cancer

The number one cancer treated at Baylor is breast cancer.It’s the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women of every racial and ethnic group. Every year, it devastates thousands of families. This year in Dallas-Fort Worth alone, it will be diagnosed in 2,300 women, and it will kill 430 of them.

At Baylor Health Care System, we have been fighting breast cancer for more than 50 years. While a cure remains elusive, the battle never wanes. But more women are surviving with advances in research and technology. With help, we will reach the day when breast cancer is no longer a formidable disease, but a distant memory.

Areas of Need


Sometimes, the most enlightened component of care is the most human. Baylor’s patient navigation service is an example. Patient navigators help newly diagnosed patients through their treatment program by scheduling appointments, explaining each step of treatment, tracking their progress and offering a caring companion during one of the most stressful times in a person’s life.


Studies have shown that the most effective weapon against breast cancer is early detection. Our goal is to reach the entire North Texas community by adding more satellite imaging facilities, launching a mobile mammography van and giving more patients access to advanced diagnostic techniques.


Clinical research yields a threefold bonus of benefits. First, it offers patients access to participation in clinical research studies of medical advances, often at no charge. Second, it is our clinical research that keeps us at the forefront of cancer medicine. Finally, clinical research is critical to fulfilling our mission to serve all people.


Our medical leadership is only as strong as our ability to train the brightest minds in the field. Because of our patient volume and the vast experience of the physicians on our medical staff, we are in a unique position to offer outstanding, real-world training through fellowships.

Baylor has trained more than 42 oncology fellows since the cancer center’s founding in 1976. Moreover, we have one of the few bone marrow transplant fellowships in the nation. Fellowships, which begin after residency, allow physicians to specialize in oncology or hematology. Each of these fellows, whether they remain at Baylor or seek positions elsewhere, will affect the lives of 50,000 to 100,000 people over the course of their careers. That amounts to a significant impact on the health of our community.

Your contribution can help Baylor Health Care System Foundation fund new research and treatment options for people with breast cancer. Please give online or call 214-820-3136 to discuss your gift today.

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Amy Selkirk

A fund for advancing breast cancer research.


Our care touches many of life's turning points.


Baylor treats more breast cancer than any other type of cancer.

More than 180,000 women had a mammogram at a Baylor imaging facility last year.

Celebrating Women Endowed Breast Cancer Research Chair Dr. Joyce O’Shaughnessy is leading a national protocol to develop new breast cancer treatments.

Baylor offers one of only 30 breast surgical oncology fellowships in the nation.

Since 2008, our patient navigator has provided breast cancer patients with more than 3,000 services.