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 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
Top row: Ruchi Singh; Patty Price; Debbie Miller; Lynn Day; Edna Wischkaemper
Bottom row: Palika Datta, Sharon Felts, Katie Stevenson
Clinical Services: 414- 9556
Academic Services: 414- 9420
Outreach Services: 414- 9422
Research Services: 414 - 9424