My journey as a Breast Surgical Oncologist began in California where I first practiced general surgery in a suburb of San Francisco. General surgery is rewarding, but what I found most fulfilling was counseling and treating patients with breast cancer.Read More
The New York Times recently published an article written by a breast cancer survivor who was advocating that women who’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer seek second opinions about their treatment options. The author, Elizabeth Bennett, began her breast cancer journey when an acute pain in her breast sent her to the emergency room.Read More Breast Cancer Treatment, choosing breast cancer surgeon
Surgical procedures to remove breast cancer certainly have come a long way over the years, and dedicated physicians and scientists continue to identify more advanced ways to make breast cancer surgery both more effective and less traumatic. Easier post-op care, less visible scarring, and nipple-sparing procedures are making breast cancer surgery more bearable while also ensuring that the outcomes are more cosmetically pleasing for women.Read More Breast Reconstruction, Hidden Scar surgery, Nipple Sparing Mastectomy
Jennifer had had some time to digest the breast cancer diagnosis she never wanted to hear but also wasn’t 100% surprised by when it was delivered. Her family had a history of breast cancer, and a favorite aunt of hers had a terrible time recovering from surgery and treatment many years ago. She told us that for months post surgery and treatment, her aunt was barely able to use her arm due to symptoms like pain, heavy swelling, or numbness.Read More Lymph node, Lymphedema
If you’re facing a mastectomy, no doubt you have many questions about your options and how to achieve the best possible outcome from your breast cancer surgery. We know these considerations can be overwhelming, but know that you’re not alone at any point before, during, or after the surgery. We’re here to help you process your options and make the decisions that best serve you. The following four key questions offer a solid start to deciding which path is right for you.Read More Hidden Scar surgery, The Nipple Sparing Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction
When women are diagnosed with breast cancer, they face new questions they never thought they’d need to answer. One of the first questions they need to answer together with their oncologist is which type of surgery would best suit their situation and whether it’s optimal to keep or remove the breast.Read More Hidden Scar surgery, lumpectomy, Mastectomy
Surgery is usually the first step in treating breast cancer in order to remove the tumor and any surrounding tissue that may be cancerous. Understandably, it’s a daunting situation for any woman to have to face, and one that brings up a lot of questions even after your care team has determined the kind of surgery that’s most appropriate for you based on the stage and type of cancer. The most important thing to know is that you’re not alone—we’re here to answer all your questions and make sure you feel fully informed of your options and expected outcomes.Read More Breast Cancer Treatment, lumpectomy, Mastectomy
Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) is the next frontier in the march towards finding a cure for breast cancer. Most breast cancers we can treat, because most breast cancers have a target we can exploit: the estrogen receptor, the progesterone receptor or the Her2 receptor. In these breast cancers, we can shut down the receptors with targeted therapies, such as tamoxifen or Herceptin (trastuzumab), stop growth and kill the cancer. Triple Negative Breast Cancers do not express these receptors and therefore, early detection and surgery become the mainstays of therapy for Triple Negative Breast Cancer.Read More Breast cancer, Breast Cancer Treatment, Chemotheraphy
Angels do exist. I encounter their presence often. Angels are with me in the Operating Theater, looking over my shoulder, guiding my hand, relaxing my patient as we remove the tumor. Angels are with me in the office, focusing my thoughts and comforting you as we sketch out a plan to save you from cancer. Angels are with me when I study and read my journals, opening my mind to safer and more effective ways to get rid of breast cancer.Read More Cancer, Surgery
Breast cancer belongs in the garbage can. Period.
Breast cancer needs to be cut out and thrown away. Done. The end.
If only it were that simple. Many surgeons will tell you that it is that simple. Just cut out the tumor and be done with it. But breast cancer is a very complex disease that requires a mosaic of treatments from a multidisciplinary team dedicated to the destruction of breast cancer.Read More Awareness, Breast cancer, Chemotherapy, mets, Surgery