TTUHSC Amarillo Breast Center of Excellence

Breast Center of Excellence

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The concept of comprehensive breast care was born in the 1970’s, coinciding with the change of the health care delivery system from a discipline-based to a specialty-based approach. The last four decades have seen the evolution and proliferation of breast centers across the United States to provide comprehensive services to the over 200,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer every year. Some of these centers focus exclusively on cancer care, but it has been determined that a “comprehensive care center” must include and provide for the approximately one million women with benign breast disease, and more importantly, for the healthy women who are at a high risk for developing breast cancer. This translates into a need for the availability of a myriad of services that must be provided by a “comprehensive breast center”.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) is the largest academic health provider across West Texas with a mission to improve the health of people by providing high quality educational opportunities to students and health care professionals, advancing knowledge through scholarship and research, and providing patient care and service. Given this mission, TTUHSC is ideally suited to lead the effort of building a comprehensive specialty based care center for breast health. This effort has led to a state-of-the-art breast program at Lubbock and Amarillo, with a goal to replicate these efforts at other campuses.


Message from the Director


Welcome to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center - Breast Center of Excellence (TTUHSC-BCE)! Thanks to our subspecialty trained dedicated clinicians, committed research staff, and the generous support of our community, the BCE the leading provider of comprehensive breast care in the Texas Panhandle. It's a privilege to have a leadership role and an opportunity to work alongside physicians and staff who are deeply committed to continuing our mission of becoming the best, and most highly recognized breast center in the United States.

The TTUHSC-BCE is organized around a multidisciplinary comprehensive care model, which is considered the gold standard by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). However, multidisciplinary and comprehensive care mean different things to different people. Our multidisciplinary, sub-specialized approach to breast disease ensures that each patient with benign or malignant disease or at risk of cancer, has access to clinical and paramedical specialists, using specific knowledge of their specialized area of medicine and supportive care, to formulate an exact diagnosis and best treatment plan – an individualized care approach by a dedicated team. Specifically for cancer, when you trust your care to us, it means that you will have access to physicians and staff who specialize in your particular disease, and access to particular research opportunities specifically tailored for your type of tumor - rather than a generalist who deals with many types of diseases. In addition, once your cancer treatment is finished, we continue to our care programs to address your quality of life and your role in your family and society.

Our model emphasizes our commitment to provide our patients with the most up-to-date information and available treatments, basing our recommendations on the best available evidence, our experience, and the unique needs of our patients. We pride ourselves in being the first NAPBC accredited center in West Texas with commendation status on our quality assurance tracking system, community outreach, and access to clinical trials. We offer tumor banking, basic, translational, and clinical research to all our patients.

Our quality tracking system based on National Quality Forum (NQF) measures pertinent to breast cancer has received "best practice guideline" status for national repository. We publish our quality reports on-line for our patients to bench mark us, attesting to our focus on transparency and high quality breast care.

Despite our attention to national guidelines and standards, we understand that our community just like any other community is unique. For this reason, we  continue to design and offer investigator initiated studies addressing the specific needs of our patient population. We are proud to report that we are one of very few centers that reports our trial outcomes back to the community particularly the participants of the study, so that patients are acknowledged of their contribution to the evidence that advances the field forward.

We assure you that the care you receive at our center is not only state-of-the-art, but also the most compassionate and personalized with you being the most important member of the team.

Thank you for visiting our website. It has been designed to provide helpful resources for those having to make important decisions about their breast care, or the care of loved ones. We hope you find it useful.


Rakhshanda Layeequr Rahman M.D.; FRCS; FACS



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