Dr. Harness explains if a woman needs to have breast cancer surgery right away.
One of the question that I am commonly asked is, “Don’t I need surgery right away? Isn’t the cancer spreading like wildfire through my body?” My answer is, time is your friend. From the time of the first abnormal cancer cells to when you are seeing me, average is probably two to three years and some breast cancers it may be five, even perhaps up to seven to ten years. So, the work that we do on the front end to try and decide what kind of surgery you need and what kind of treatment you need may take two or three weeks, but I constantly say time is your friend. Particularly, we only want to go the operating room once and we want to know exactly what we are going for and exactly what we are going to do.
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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