The latest state-of-the-art surgical treatments for breast cancer
At MedStar Health, we offer all of the diagnostic and breast cancer treatments you'd expect for men and women—plus some you might not. Treatment options are always supported or driven by the latest research and techniques in breast cancer surgery, including breast- and nipple-sparing procedures, and sophisticated reconstructive surgeries.
Most of our programs are accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). And, many of our breast surgeons are recognized as "Top Docs" by Baltimore magazine and the Washingtonian. In addition, as a partner of the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of only 51 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country, we deliver advanced cancer treatments and are known for our efforts in patient care, cancer research, patient education, and community outreach.
A team of specialists who treats you as a whole person, not just your disease
Breast cancer care is complex, which is why we involve specialists across a variety of disciplines in the design of a treatment plan that will lead to your best outcomes. Our breast surgeons meet regularly with radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, radiologists, reconstructive experts, genetic counselors at regularly-scheduled tumor boards to discuss breast cancer cases. This multidisciplinary approach ensures we think through every aspect of your care.
Your breast surgeon is typically the first person on your care team that you'll meet with after a diagnosis. When surgery is recommended to treat breast cancer, you can expect us to use the latest technologies and surgical approaches that carefully remove cancerous tumors while aiming to achieve the best appearance possible. In many cases, we can perform what's called breast-conserving surgery, which allows us to preserve the breast's form while matching its size as close as possible to the other side.
We understand that surgery for breast cancer can be emotional, and we'll help you explore all of your surgical and reconstructive options from the beginning. If you desire breast reconstruction, we work side-by-side with our colleagues in plastic surgery who can restore the natural appearance of your breast using implants or your own tissue.
Axillary lymph node dissection
The lymphatic system includes the nodes, tissues, and organs that produce and store infection-fighting white blood cells, as well as lymph, the fluid that circulates throughout this system. In a properly functioning lymphatic system, your lymph nodes filter out the lymph, eliminating bacteria and other waste products—including cancer cells.
If cancer cells begin to travel through the lymphatic system, they can end up in the lymph nodes; in cancers that start in the breast, the closest lymph nodes are in the armpit area—the axillary lymph nodes. If your doctor determines that your breast cancer has spread to these nodes, you will need an axillary dissection.
Most often, your surgeon will remove the Level I and II lymph nodes during this procedure. Generally, 45 lymph nodes are in the axilla, and, on average, 10-20 are removed during the operation.
Lymph node reconstructive surgery
When lymph nodes are removed during surgery, we're one of few health systems on the East coast to offer groundbreaking procedures to prevent and treat lymphedema.
Prophylactic mastectomy (preventative surgery)
If you have a significant family history of breast cancer or carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations, you may consider having an elective mastectomy, known as a prophylactic, preventive, or risk-reducing procedure. This surgery removes your breast(s) to decrease the chance you will develop cancer.
While many women appreciate the opportunity to participate personally in reducing their risk, a prophylactic mastectomy does not guarantee you will avoid breast cancer. Other potential consequences to consider include:
- The surgery is irreversible
- You cannot breastfeed from a reconstructed breast
- Reconstructed breasts lose feeling and sensitivity
- Some women experience changes in the way they feel about their body image
Our breast surgery specialists help you determine whether this approach best suits your situation and needs. If you decide to pursue this option after careful consideration, we offer you the best care available in an atmosphere designed to put you at ease.
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With multiple locations throughout the region, patients have access to many of the nation’s renowned cancer specialists offering high quality care, second opinions and a chance for better outcomes close to where they live and work. Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer, one of the nation’s comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), serves as the research engine allowing patients access to clinical trials that often lead to breakthroughs in cancer care.
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Lucy De La Cruz, MD
Denise N Blackbourne, PA-C
Jennifer Daniella Son, MD
Breast Surgery & General Surgery
Ian Thomas Greenwalt, MD
Marc E. Boisvert, MD
Surgical Oncology & Breast Surgery
Kelly Lynne Fritz, MD
Maen Jamel Farha, MD
Robert Thomas Howard, MD
Breast Surgery, Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Plastic Surgery
Patricia B Wehner, MD
Atsuko Okabe, MD
Daria Abolghasemi, DO
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3800 Reservoir Rd., NW Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Lombardi Clinic Ground Floor Washington, DC 20007
40900 Merchants Lane Ste. 102 Leonardtown, MD 20650
110 Irving St. NW Washington Cancer Institute 1st Floor Washington, DC 20010
7501 Surratts Rd. Ste. 305 Clinton, MD 20735
18101 Prince Philip Dr. Ste. 6100 Olney, MD 20832
12 MedStar Blvd. Ste. 180 Bel Air, MD 21015
5601 Loch Raven Blvd. Russell Morgan Building Suite 403B Baltimore, MD 21239
9101 Franklin Square Dr. Baltimore, MD 21237
1133 21st St., NW Bldg. 2 Ste. 800 Washington, DC 20036
Breast cancer survivor Maggie Brown is pleased surgery was painless
When Maggie Brown was diagnosed with breast cancer, she found Maen Farha, MD, who used the SAVI Scout to detect her breast lump during surgery—a lump too small to detect by touch. "I just can't believe I went through surgery from beginning to end with no pain," says Maggie.
Hear from Devon Cumberbatch, a patient at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, as she shares her journey battling breast cancer.
Hear from Devon Cumberbatch, a patient at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, as she shares her journey battling breast cancer under the care of