Commonly asked questions for a Breast Cancer specialist, Dr. Swapna Ghanta.
Watch as Dr. Ghanta gives some advice for high-risk breast cancer patients.
Swapna Ghanta, M.D., is a general surgeon and specializing in breast surgery. She attended the New Jersey Medical School at Rutgers University. She completed her general surgery residency at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and a research fellowship at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York studying lymphatic biology and lymphedema during which time she presented her research at several national meetings and published in peer-reviewed journals. She also has completed a clinical fellowship in breast surgical oncology at the University of Miami in Florida where she became proficient in advanced breast techniques including partial breast reconstruction, oncoplastic lumpectomies and S-LYMPHA, an innovative procedure which drastically reduces post axillary dissection lymphedema. Dr. Ghanta’s clinical interests are axillary management, lymphedema, high risk patients and the management of locally advanced breast cancer
As a high-risk woman, most people want to do as much as possible to prevent breast cancer. The most important thing that we can do is try to live a healthy lifestyle by having a more plant-based diet and exercising and maintaining a healthy weight. Other ways that we can help prevent breast cancer is by doing good detection, which includes getting your screening mammogram every year, and you may also need an MRI to help us take a better look at what's going on inside your breasts. And finally, some women might benefit from estrogen reduction medications such as Tamoxifen or Aromatase inhibitors to help reduce your risk even further.