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Breast Surgery

One of the treatment options available at the Breast Health Center at Tufts Medical Center is surgery. Led by Roger Graham, MD, Chief of the Division of General Surgery, Chief of Surgical Oncology and Director of the Breast Health Center, surgeons and oncologists share their expertise in surgical procedures and the full spectrum of services for benign and malignant breast conditions and cancers to best serve the patient.

Another team member that helps make the Breast Health Center at Tufts MC so special is our surgical oncologist, Abhishek Chatterjee, MD, who has an expertise in providing surgical treatments for breast cancer patients.

About oncoplastic surgery

Dr. Chatterjee uses a surgical technique called oncoplastic surgery - during which, he removes the breast tumor and provides reconstructive surgery all in the same procedure. While oncoplastic surgery is becoming more common, under 20 doctors nationwide have his expertise in being both a board certified plastic surgeon and fellowship trained breast surgical oncologist. The oncoplastic operation helps to limit the number of surgeries necessary for breast cancer patients and allows a woman to keep her breast and nipple.

Our Breast Surgery team is leading major research initiatives in surgical oncology techniques. Check out our latest publications: 

Long term effects of modern breast cancer surgery

Updated evidence on the oncoplastics approach to breast conversation therapy

5 essential oncoplastic techniques

Pat Palonen's story: Oncoplastic surgery is the right fit

Pat Palonen, after receiving a heart-breaking breast cancer diagnosis, found Dr. Chatterjee at Tufts MC and together with her family and Dr. Chatterjee, decided that his oncoplastic approach was a perfect fit for her. 

“Oncoplastic surgery allows the woman to preserve her breasts,” said Abhishek Chatterjee, MD. “It’s taking a large section of tissue from her breast that has the breast cancer and then rearranging the breast tissue that is left behind in a form of a breast lift,” he added.

Watch Pat Palonen and Dr. Chatterjee’s story featured on WB-Z >

Dr. Chatterjee and Pat featured on WBZ Health Watch

Two surgeries isn't better than one

Pat Palonen, a patient of Abhishek Chatterjee, MD, is grateful that her breast cancer and reconstruction was completed in one surgery instead of two.

Watch their journey

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