Breast Cancer: Why See a Specialist?


Allie Lemco Toren

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Breast cancer is a complex type of cancer that affects everyone differently. That’s why all breast cancer patients should follow unique treatment plans tailored to their specific needs. But your primary care doctor will not have all the information you need to treat your breast cancer successfully, so that’s where specialists come in. A breast cancer specialist—an oncologist with special training in breast cancer treatment—has the right skills and insight to help you stay in control of your breast cancer. Here’s why:

 1. A breast cancer specialist completes extensive training in breast cancer and is an expert in breast cancer care.

 A breast cancer specialist is a physician who specializes in treating cancers originating in the breast. Breast cancer can develop due to many factors, so breast cancer specialists must train extensively to master this area of study. A breast cancer specialist will have expertise in treating breast cancer and complications related to the cancer.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: May 12, 2017

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