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Breast Cancer Surgery Book

St. Luke's Cancer Expert Publishes Book on Breast Cancer Surgery

Dr. Lee B. Riley

Surgical Oncologist Dr. Lee Riley Tells About the Steps to Take Once Diagnosed

Bethlehem, PA (6/14/2010) - Naturally, most women diagnosed with breast cancer want to have it removed as soon as possible. Before Breast Cancer Surgery is a focused, easy-to-read book that tells about the steps someone should consider to help make informed decisions in the early phase of a breast cancer diagnosis prior to having a breast cancer removed. The book is co-authored by certified oncology nurse Carol Kachmarsky, RN, OCN, CBCN.

“In the past, choosing a breast surgeon and having the tumor removed were the very first steps in the treatment of breast cancer,” says Dr. Riley. “Today, however, there are many steps that should occur prior to surgery. These steps could decrease the chance that the tumor comes back; improve the chance that the right treatment is given; decrease the complications from surgery; and more accurately determine if chemotherapy is needed.”

Additionally, finding the right breast surgeon can improve one's chance of breast cancer survival by as much as 35 percent—a benefit frequently larger than radiation therapy or chemotherapy, according to Dr. Riley.

“In every field of medicine, specialization makes a difference – cancer surgery is no exception,” he says. “Studies have shown that finding the best-trained, educated and experienced surgeon to perform breast cancer surgery can significantly improve care and survival. Surgical oncologists have completed specialized fellowships and participate in societies dedicated to cancer and breast surgery.”

Valuable Information about the Types of Breast Cancer

The book also tells about the various types of breast cancer. There are a wide variety of breast cancers.” says Dr. Riley. “Some have very good outcomes. Understanding which type of breast cancer one is dealing with helps determine the treatment and prognosis. Thanks to recent advances in genomics, the genetic composition of a patient's tumor is helping to determine the most appropriate treatment.”

“Before Breast Cancer Surgery” is available for purchase as an e-book and in paperback and hardback. For more information or to get a copy, visit

About Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a malignant growth that begins in the tissues of the breast. It is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women and the most feared. It can also appear in some men. The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer sometime during their lifetime is one in eight.

About the Authors

Dr. Lee B. Riley is the Medical Director of Oncology and the Section Chief of Surgical Oncology for St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network. He trained at the University of Texas in Houston and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the MD Anderson Cancer Center and a fellowship in surgical oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.

Carol Kachmarsky completed her nursing education at St. Luke's School of Nursing and obtained certification in both oncology and breast care. For the last several years, she has worked with Dr. Riley at St. Luke's Cancer Care Associates, focusing on breast cancer.

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