Patients with breast cancer often need surgery to resolve their condition. As an experienced surgeon, Dr. Faith A. Menken, of Faith A Menken MD, is ready to provide surgical treatment to patients with breast cancer, as well as patients with benign breast growths. Patients with breast growths or cancer in the Upper East Side of New York should contact the office to make an appointment.
Breast cancer is a condition that develops when abnormal cells begin multiplying inside breast tissue. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer found in women. In its earlier stages, breast cancer is usually curable. However, if left untreated, breast cancer is eventually fatal.
Not all breast lumps are cancerous. In fact, many lumps in the breast are benign. Other possible causes of breast lumps include:
Although breast lumps may be benign, anyone who finds a lump should seek medical treatment to rule out cancer.
In many cases, surgery will be an important part of a breast cancer treatment plan. Some patients will opt for a procedure known as a lumpectomy. During this procedure, Dr. Menken removes cancerous breast lumps surgically, as well as surrounding tissue that may contain cancer cells. The goal of treatment is to remove all of the cancer while preserving as much healthy tissue as possible.
In cases where breast cancer is extensive or the patient is at a high risk of recurrence, Dr. Menken also performs mastectomy procedures. During mastectomy, Dr. Menken removes the entire breast. Women who choose mastectomy can also have reconstruction surgery to restore the normal appearance of the breast.
In some cases, surgical removal of a cancerous lump or the breast itself will be the only treatment required for patients with breast cancer. However, if the cancer has spread, patients may need other treatments as well, such as chemotherapy and/or radiation.
Even if a breast lump isn’t cancerous, a patient may still wish to have it removed. Dr. Menken can remove most types of noncancerous breast growths surgically.
Like all surgical procedures, breast surgery poses a small risk of infection, bleeding, and surgical error. Patients who undergo breast surgery must typically be under general anesthesia, which can be dangerous for some people. Dr. Menken will explain all of these risks before scheduling the procedure.
Dr. Menken accepts a number of major insurance plans. Please contact her office if you do not see your insurance plan listed.
"Dr. Menken is awesome, caring, and well trained. Her knowledge makes me feel comfortable and safe, her staff is very competent and efficient. Highly recommended."
"I have been a patient of Dr. Menken for several years. She is wonderful. Her staff is great. I would recommend her to anyone in need of a surgeon."
"If you are searching for a breast surgeon that is knowledgeable, experienced, thorough, informative and kind - search no more."
"One of the best surgeons. She saved my life. The second time I got breast cancer in 2008, none of the tests showed it, but Dr. Menken didn't give up."
"I've been treated with respect and never had to wait. She is a top-flight surgeon and is conscientious about her approach and post-op follow up."
"When I walk in her office, she really cares about my health and healing. I wish she specialized in every area of medicine--there aren't many doctors like her."
"I've always found her to be a highly skilled, kind, and caring physician. I would not make a decision about any surgery without consulting her."