If you or someone you love has been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, you may be wondering what the possible treatment and surgical options are in Boston.
When choosing your surgeon, the first and foremost thing you should ask about is their outcomes. Technical abilities vary drastically among surgeons – even in Boston. Specifically, for breast surgery, it is important to learn if the surgeon is skilled in removing all of the cancer and if they typically can do this in a single operation.
What makes our breast surgeons so special? Our outcomes.
Here at the Breast Center at Tufts Medical Center, we pride ourselves in having some of the best breast surgeons in Eastern Massachusetts and across the country. Drs. Abhishek Chatterjee and Roger Graham not only provide personalized care in an approachable way, but they also use innovative approaches like oncoplastic surgery and have exceptional outcomes on key metrics including:
A high breast conservation rate
Our breast conservation rates are higher than our colleagues at other academic medical centers in Boston. We have a breast conservation rate of 80% versus other hospitals (average 60%). Evidence based literature suggests that an ideal rate for breast conservation should be at least 70%.
What does this mean?
80% of the time we are able to conserve the breast during surgery, helping you to avoid a mastectomy.
A low positive cancer margin rate
A lower cancer positive margin rate means that we get all of your cancer out in a single operation.
The Tufts MC breast surgeons have one of the lowest positive margin rates for breast conservation surgery in the city and nationwide. We have a 12% positive margin rate versus a published 16-40% positive cancer margin rate at another well-known Cancer Center here in Boston.
What does this mean?
After our surgeons remove your breast cancer, our pathology team waits a few days and then examines the removed tissue under a microscope. The pathologist looks at the tissue surrounding the tumor and analyzes it for any cancer cells.
A positive cancer margin rate means that there are cancer cells remaining and more surgery is likely needed. So, a low positive cancer margin rate means that we are highly successful in removing all cancer cells in a single operation. A lower positive cancer margin rate not only means fewer subsequent operations, it also means that subsequent medical or radiation cancer treatments can be done more quickly and further treatment is not delayed.
Excellent aesthetic and oncologic results with breast conserving (oncoplastic) surgery
We do more large volume displacement oncoplastic surgery than any other center in Boston. This type of breast conserving surgery has been well studied and shows equivalent survival outcomes compared to mastectomy.
Additionally, patients have reported better aesthetic outcomes with oncoplastic surgery compared to mastectomies with reconstruction.
Getting started at our Breast Center
Why wait? Whether you are scheduling breast cancer screening, seeking advice on cancer prevention or living with a cancer diagnosis, the Breast Center at Tufts Medical Center is committed to providing you with the high-quality, individualized care for which we have become known for. Learn more >