The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Breast Care Center (BCC) is a high volume specialty clinic providing multi-disciplinary care in a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Eight medical oncologists and four surgeons, among dozens of specialists, providers and staff conduct more than 1,000 consultations annually, caring for more than 600 newly diagnosed patients each year. The Breast Care Center at UCSF became a Foundation funded specialty care demonstration site in 2005 in order to offer their patients a unique type of decision support and guidance along their journey.
A diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer affects all aspects of women's lives -- family and friends, work, play, finances and faith. To help women cope with this diagnosis and all its implications, the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation has developed a Shared Decision-Making® program called Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer: Making the Journey Your Own.