Commonly asked questions for a Breast Cancer specialist, Dr. Swapna Ghanta.
What are Good Tips for Self Breast Exams? Watch this video to find out!
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.
View her profile here
The most important thing I tell my patients is to really be aware of what your breasts are like and how they change with your menstrual cycle. It's normal sometimes to feel small lumps that come and go with your menstrual cycle. But if you start to notice any changes in your breast, skin, or nipple or discharge that hasn't been there before, or any masses that pop up and don't go away, those are good times to call your doctor so that way you can get further evaluation and you’re your most important advocate. You're gonna notice any changes first, so you have to be aware of yourself, do your self-exams, and call your doctor with any questions.