Watch Dr. Jay Harness of St. Joseph Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center share if a woman will have to lose her breast if she is diagnosed with breast cancer.
For the past 20 years we have been in an era where we can safely save women’s breasts and by saving their breasts they do equally as well as with a traditional mastectomy and so, depending on the patient, one of the fears I have or one of the questions that they have is, “Doctor do I need to lose my breast?” I would say that a good 60% sometimes 70% of the cases women do not need to lose their breasts and that we can treat them quite safely with what is called breast conservation. The layman’s term for this is lumpectomy and patients need to know that when they have a lumpectomy, they also need radiation therapy.
About Dr. Harness. M.D.:
Dr. Jay Harness is the Director at St. Joseph Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center. Practicing medicine for 35 years, Dr. Harness specializes in general surgery and medical oncology. Graduating medical school from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he conducting his internship and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Recognized nationally and internationally for his work in breast and endocrine surgery, Dr. Harness is the immediate past-President of The American Society of Breast Surgeons and is President-elect of Breast Surgery International. Dr. Harness can assist patients in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
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