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Question: What is a surgical breast oncologist?
A surgical breast oncologist is a surgeon who specializes in breast cancer and other breast diseases. The Mission Hope Cancer Center is proud to have Colleen O’Kelly Priddy, MD, join our team as our Breast Surgical Oncologist. Dr. O’Kelly is board certified in surgery and subspecializes in surgical breast oncology. She joins a caring and compassionate team who have dedicated their time and knowledge to serving members of the community who may be facing breast abnormalities.
When dealing with breast cancer, a surgical oncologist is trained to treat cancer by removing cancerous tissue and surgically managing tumors. Breast surgeons specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and management of conditions in which patients present with breast lumps, lumps, infections, and pain.
Breast specialists are highly qualified in their field, as they have devoted their practice to a more restricted field and have undergone specific training in a specialty called scholarships. The formal training provided by the scholarship ensures that each graduate scholarship holder is exposed to multidisciplinary aspects of care and advanced research and techniques.
With years of training and years of education focused on breast disease, they have extensive knowledge of cancer biology, genetics and the most advanced surgical options to help patients achieve the best possible outcomes and can provide new and innovative treatments for breast cancer. the patients.
Are there better outcomes for patients with a breast surgery specialist? Research shows that breast cancer patients who have surgeries performed by doctors who have performed a large number of breast cancer surgeries have a better prognosis than patients of low volume surgeons.
Specialized breast surgeons have dedicated their professional careers to the disease and perform hundreds of breast cancer surgeries each year. When you are diagnosed with a tumor or cancer, you will want to chat with a surgeon who has more in-depth knowledge of the biology and genetics of cancer to discuss treatment and surgical options. The surgical oncologist has access to the latest technologies and the most recent information and works in close collaboration with a team specialized in oncology.
The multidisciplinary Mission Hope team led by our surgical breast oncologist meets weekly to discuss patients as a team approach to treatment. This team includes, but is not limited to, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists and pivot nurses, social workers and dietitians. The team plans the best treatment and discusses their recommendations with the patient and family members.
The Surgical Oncology Department at Mission Hope Cancer Center is ready to help you with any medical decisions you may have to make. For more information, please contact us at (805) 346-3456.
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