Dr. Lebovic recalls the doctor a woman should see if she is diagnosed with breast cancer.
When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, it's a very complicated set of events that occurs and one of those is she will eventually meet with a surgeon. It’s important to meet with a surgeon who specializes in breast or who has taken care of a lot of breast cancer patients so that they can determine exactly what type of surgery and other treatment might be necessary. Today, we are able to save the breast 50% of the time in women who are diagnosed with cancer, which is great but, that requires the skill of the surgeon who actually knows how much tissue to take out and whether or not it’s safe to save the breast.
About Dr. Gail Lebovic, M.D., M.A., F.A.C.S.:
Dr. Gail Lebovic is the President of the American Society of Breast Disease (ASBD). She earned a B.A. in physiology and anatomy and a master's in endocrinology from University of California, Berkeley. In 1986, she received her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine. After an internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, she performed her surgical residency at Stanford University Medical Center and completed two fellowships – one in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast and another at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Lebovic is certified by the American Board of Surgery and her areas of special medical interest include diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, and management of congenital breast deformities. She has also invented several medical devices and co-founded a number of companies in the area of women's health including Biolucent, Inc., makers of the MammoPad™ breast cushion designed to make mammography more comfortable.