By Cale Li, MD
“When I see new breast cancer patients, I try to give a 360° approach,” said Dr. Lisa Wiechmann, Breast Cancer Surgeon at NYP/Columbia. “It’s important for me to assess not just the disease, but the person and what their goals are, before going forward.”
Patient choice has not always been synonymous with breast cancer surgery. The “radical mastectomy” first described over a century ago in 1894 by William Halsted was an early milestone in breast cancer treatment.