Treatment & Services

Breast Surgical Oncologist

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.

Meet Our Tucson Breast Surgeon

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Michele Boyce Ley has joined the Arizona Oncology team. A highly skilled breast surgeon, Dr. Ley specializes in surgical care for breast cancer patients, including minimally invasive biopsies, axillary node preserving procedures, nipple-sparing mastectomies, and treatment of high-risk patients. Complex breast procedures are customary for Dr. Ley, and throughout her career, she has performed thousands of intricate breast surgeries.

Dr. Ley is currently seeing patients at our Wilmot Road location in Tucson. Please call (520) 886-0206 to make an appointment.