Four Strategies for Choosing Breast Cancer Surgeons and Specialists

Being diagnosed with breast cancer can be overwhelming. Being tasked to search for the most capable breast cancer surgeons and specialists can feel even more intimidating. How do you know if the surgeon you pick is the “right” person? How can you ensure you won’t be treated like just another number?

At GVS, each patient receives personalized, compassionate, and quality care. Our surgeons don’t simply perform surgery, they treat the whole person. From consultation to surgery, and all through the recovery process, our GVS breast surgery team will remain by your side. 

Four Considerations When Searching For Breast Cancer Surgeons and Specialists

Did you know that breast cancer ranks among the highest cancer diagnoses in women? Studies project that upwards of 268,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year. 

Depending on the type of breast cancer, surgery may be recommended by a medical oncologist. Many patients are typically referred to a surgical oncologist. At this point, it’s common to feel fearful, experience reservation, and face uncertainty as to what to look for. Patients need real information. The results of a general search for a “breast surgical oncologist near me” won’t be enough.

Take a look at five considerations to help determine what kind of breast cancer surgeons and specialists might be the best fit for you:

  1. A male doctor wearing a breast cancer awareness pink ribbon eases the concerns of a lovely African American female patient.Level of Transparency

Is the practice you are considering for breast cancer surgery open to questions? Is the surgeon willing to show you a portfolio of previous procedures he has performed? Trustworthy and respected breast care specialists should be open and transparent when answering your questions.

  1. Degree of Experience

It’s wise to research whether the doctor you are considering has any specialized medical training and education specifically targeted to breast cancer surgery. 

  1. Regulation and Guideline Compliant

It’s suggested that patients preparing for breast cancer surgery familiarize themselves with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines and ask prospective surgeons if they are NCCN Patient Guideline compliant.

  1. Types of Certifications

In addition to educational and practical experience, make sure to select a board-certified surgeon. Typically, breast surgeons will post their certification on the practice website, but you can also verify for yourself by accessing the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) via their online directory.  

A Safe Haven With GVS

One of the main reasons patients choose, Dr. Michael Rotkis, beyond his extensive skill set in innovative breast cancer surgery, is for his incredible bedside manner and gentle approach. 

In addition to performing innovative breast cancer surgery procedures, Dr. Rotkis strives to help preserve the natural beauty of each and every patient. Whether through skin-sparing mastectomies or incisional techniques similar to those used by plastic surgeons, Dr. Rotkis strives to produce the best possible outcome for his patients. 

If you’ve been wondering how to find a caring, compassionate, and understanding breast cancer specialist, we encourage you to set up a consultation with Dr. Rotkis. Or, you can call us any time for questions and learn more about the services we offer at GVS, at 574-236-1888.

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