What is a Breast Surgical Oncologist?
A breast surgical oncologist is a surgeon who specializes in breast cancer and other diseases of the breast. Areas of a breast cancer surgeon’s expertise include:
- Lumpectomy/Breast-conserving surgery
- Mastectomies - including skin and nipple-sparing surgeries
- Simultaneous and staged reconstruction of the breast
- Preventive/prophylactic mastectomy
- Lymph node surgeries, such as axillary node dissection and sentinel node biopsy
Choosing a Breast Surgery Specialist
Surgeons play a critical role in breast cancer treatment, and choosing your breast surgeon may be one of the most important decisions you will make concerning your care. Since breast cancer treatment frequently begins with surgery, surgical outcomes pave the way for your cancer treatment to follow. That’s why it is extremely important to choose a highly qualified and experienced surgeon who specializes in breast cancer surgery.
Better Outcomes for Patients with a Breast Surgery Specialist
Many surgeons occasionally operate on breast cancer, typically handling only a few cases a year. However, when it comes to breast cancer surgery, practice makes perfect. Research shows that breast cancer patients who have surgeries performed by physicians who have done a high volume of breast cancer surgeries have a better prognosis than patients of lower volume surgeons.
Specialized breast cancer surgeons have dedicated their professional careers to the disease and perform hundreds of breast cancer surgeries every year. With years of training and education focused on breast disease, they have an in-depth knowledge of cancer biology, genetics and the most advanced surgical options to help patients achieve the best possible results.