Your Breast Cancer Doctors & Specialists
If you’d like to consult with a breast cancer doctor to receive a second opinion or to develop a treatment plan that’s right for you, visit Moffitt Cancer Center. Patients within the Don & Erika Wallace Comprehensive Breast Program at Moffitt led by Brian Czerniecki, MD, PhD are treated not by just one breast cancer doctor, but by a multispecialty team of experts who all focus exclusively on breast cancers. Each patient is given an individualized treatment plan that accommodates their specific diagnosis and health needs. This plan is developed by our tumor board, which collaborates to ensure each patient is provided with the best chance for a positive outcome and an enhanced quality of life.
FAQs for Breast Cancer Doctors
- What kind of doctor should I see for breast cancer? A medical oncologist specializes in treating cancer and will manage your overall health during your breast cancer treatment.
- When should I see a doctor for breast cancer? See a doctor if you feel a lump on your breast that feels firm or hasn’t gone away after six weeks, or you notice skin changes on your breast, such as redness, puckering or crusting. Lumps in your armpit or bloody discharge from your nipple are also signs that you should be evaluated for breast cancer.
- How can a doctor tell if a lump is breast cancer? A doctor can’t confirm a diagnosis of breast cancer based on a physical exam alone. If he or she is concerned that a lump is cancerous (they can sometimes feel different than non-cancerous lumps), you’ll be sent for a mammogram.
- What kind of doctor diagnoses breast cancer? A medical oncologist, often in collaboration with a radiologist, diagnoses breast cancer.
- What type of doctor treats breast cancer? A medical oncologist treats breast cancer and will collaborate with many other specialists depending on your treatment needs. These may include surgical oncologists or breast surgeons, radiation oncologists and plastic surgeons.
- How do you choose a doctor to treat breast cancer? Choosing a doctor for breast cancer treatment is a highly personal decision. It’s important that you feel comfortable with the doctor you choose and confident in the level of care he or she will provide. You may be referred to one through your primary care provider, find one based on a recommendation, or use a directory to locate one.
- What type of doctor treats male breast cancer? A medical oncologist will be the specialist overseeing your treatment for male breast cancer.
Treating Breast Cancer at Moffitt Cancer Center
In a single location, Moffitt breast cancer patients benefit from the expertise of:
- Fellowship-trained surgeons
- Medical oncologists
- Radiation oncologists
- Breast reconstruction experts
- Fertility preservation specialists
- And other professionals
Because Moffitt is a high-volume cancer center, each breast cancer doctor has experience treating many patients, including some with more rare or complex breast malignancies, giving them specialized expertise that is unrivaled.
At Moffitt, we understand that breast cancer is more than just a disease – it’s an overwhelming diagnosis that requires supportive care in addition to clinical treatment. That’s why our breast cancer team includes social workers, dietitians, pain management specialists and others who help patients manage the emotional and physical side effects of cancer treatment.
Beyond our comprehensive care, Moffitt is nationally regarded for our robust clinical trial program and research initiatives. Patients within our breast cancer program have access to promising new therapies before they are made available elsewhere. Thanks to our commitment to forwarding cancer treatment, we are recognized as a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center – the only one based in Florida.