Welcome to the next step of your breast cancer journey – treatment. As a surgical breast oncologist, my commitment is to provide personalized, effective, and compassionate care to all my patients. My goal is not only to eradicate the disease but also to ensure your physical and emotional wellbeing throughout this process.
Breast cancer treatment is multifaceted, involving a combination of different strategies tailored to your unique case. My approach to care is designed around the unique characteristics of your cancer, your overall health, and personal preferences.
Surgery: As a cornerstone of breast cancer treatment, surgery aims to remove the cancer from your breast. The types of surgery range from breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy) to mastectomy (removal of the entire breast). I’ll guide you through the best surgical option for your condition and comfort.
Radiation Therapy: This utilizes high-energy waves to kill cancer cells. Often used after surgery, radiation therapy can reduce the risk of recurrence.
Chemotherapy: It employs powerful drugs to destroy cancer cells throughout the body. Chemotherapy may be used before surgery (neoadjuvant) to shrink the tumor or after (adjuvant) to kill remaining cancer cells.
Hormone Therapy: For cancers that are sensitive to hormones, hormone therapy can be used to block the body’s natural hormones that fuel cancer growth.
Targeted Therapy: This treatment targets specific characteristics of cancer cells, such as a protein that allows the cancer cells to grow at a rapid rate.
Immunotherapy: This innovative approach uses your immune system to fight cancer. It helps your immune system to recognize and destroy cancer cells more effectively.
Today, breast cancer treatment is more personalized than ever. Genetic testing can reveal specific characteristics about your cancer that can help us tailor a more effective treatment plan. Through genomic testing, we can gain insights into your cancer’s specific behaviors and susceptibilities, allowing us to employ targeted therapies that can significantly improve outcomes.
Treatment is just one aspect of your journey with breast cancer. It’s crucial to address the emotional, mental, and social impacts of the diagnosis. As part of your healthcare team, I ensure you have access to resources like counseling, support groups, and rehabilitation services to maintain your quality of life throughout treatment and recovery.
As your medical ally, my commitment extends beyond providing clinical care. I strive to empower you with information, encourage shared decision-making, and offer steadfast support throughout your journey. From our first meeting to the final follow-up, you can trust that you’ll receive comprehensive, empathetic care, aligning every step of the treatment with your needs and goals.
Remember, treatment is a journey we embark on together – hand in hand, step by step. With resilience, hope, and expert care, we’ll walk the path towards healing and recovery.