Dr. Patrick Borgen on Breast Cancer Becoming More a Medical Disease Than Surgical

November 17, 2015
Patrick Borgen, MD

Patrick Borgen, MD, says this is due to earlier diagnoses, better class prediction through genomic profiling and characteristics of the disease, as well as targeted therapies.

Patrick Borgen, MD, chair, Department of Surgery, director, Maimonides Breast Cancer Center, talks about how breast cancer is becoming less of a surgical disease and more of a medical disease. Borgen says this is due to earlier diagnoses, better class prediction through genomic profiling and characteristics of the disease, as well as targeted therapies.

Borgen says the sequence for treating breast cancer has shifted as well. The sequence has historically been surgery, therapy and then radiation, though more and more patients are starting with treatment. Borgen says these treatments are capable of sterilizing the disease and, alongside medical professionals’ greater understanding of the disease, treatment has become better over the years.