Breast cancer surgeon: Why people should choose MD Anderson first

When I was growing up, it always amazed me how my pediatrician could ask just five or six questions, and then magically know exactly what to do or which medicine to prescribe. That was one of the reasons I became a doctor. In medical school, I focused on breast cancer because it interested me. I became a surgeon because I could better direct patients’ care. And I chose to work at MD Anderson because I admire its multidisciplinary approach. What sets MD Anderson apart As a physician myself, I want to go wherever people specialize in whatever is being treated. That’s why I tell people to come to MD Anderson first for cancer treatment. Because your first shot is your best shot at beating cancer. And when patients come to us after they’ve already received treatment elsewhere, their cancer treatment is often more challenging, due to mistakes made along the way at other places. Patients are not just a number or a disease process here. MD Anderson’s patient-centered approach brings physicians from various subspecialties together to make a plan. This approach is what sets us apart. And it leads to better outcomes, so we have a lot of happy endings. How cancer treatment has changed Cancer is an ever-changing field, and it advances very quickly. Even since I completed my residency four years ago, we’ve found new ways to attack the disease, more diverse treatments (such as targeted therapy), and more cures. One of the biggest changes in our approach to cancer is offering less surgery. Instead of removing all lymph nodes from a particular area, for instance, we...