Dr. Harness describes treatment options for inflammatory breast cancer.
Dr. Harness, M.D.:
The treatment for inflammatory breast cancer is initial chemotherapy, seeing what the result of that is, then some sort of surgery. Occasionally, believe it or not, we can actually conserve the breast if the response to the chemotherapy is dramatic where not only the redness of the breast goes away, but the actual main mass dramatically decreases in size.
Historically, had always been a mastectomy, but now with our better chemotherapies, there are some patients who are actually saving the breast on them.
About Dr. Harness, M.D.:
Dr. Jay Harness, M.D., 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.