5 Practical Insights for Building a World-Class High-Risk Breast Program

May 30, 2022

One size does not fit all when it comes to breast care. That’s why health systems around the country are introducing high-risk breast programs — to help thousands of high-risk patients access the preventive care they need to manage their risk and get ahead of cancer. But building a modern high-risk breast program can be complex in busy mammography centers that already face significant resource barriers.

A roundtable hosted by CancerIQ explored the “how tos” of program optimization, from how to structure a high-risk breast program to maximize resources to how to gain health system executive buy-in. The roundtable featured:

  • Teresa Heckel, MBA, FABC, FNCBC, Former President of the Association of Cancer Executives, NAPBC & NCBC board member, High Risk Project Director for Sarah Cannon
  • Alice Prestia, OBGYN at Ochsner CHRISTUS Health Center - Lake Area
  • Tenille Oderwald, MSN, RN, CN-BN, Manager Outpatient Oncology at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
  • Feyi Olopade Ayodele, MBA, Co-founder and CEO of CancerIQ

 Here are five key highlights from the discussion:

  1. First, Feyi shared CancerIQ’s driving purpose, highlighting the need to reduce barriers to genomics and cancer risk assessments in community-based breast clinics:

  2.  Next, she unpacked the incremental steps high-risk breast programs can take to evolve from manual care management to a fully automated, team-based approach to cancer prevention and early detection: 

  3. Feyi also touched on a key lesson learned — some risk models let patient cases fall through the cracks. Here’s how to avoid this with a high-risk program: 



  4. Growing genetic testing programs in a busy mammography center can be a challenge. Here Feyi shares strategies to build an end-to-end, closed loop patient care program that improves access to genomics: 

  5. Lastly, Feyi discusses the strategic importance of a high-risk breast program across the health system: 


Learn More

For more insight on how to take a strategic approach to cancer screening and preventive care, watch the full conversation here.


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Topics: High-Risk Patients| Breast Centers