When breast cancer treatment is on the horizon, it’s important that you have the right team. While there are many doctors who perform breast cancer surgery, most of them do not specialize in breast cancer quite like a breast surgical specialist does. 

What Is a Breast Surgical Specialist?

A breast surgical specialist is a surgeon who specializes in breast cancer and other diseases of the breast. Areas of a breast cancer surgeon’s expertise include lumpectomies, also called breast-sparing surgery, and mastectomies, including skin and nipple-sparing surgeries. Watch this video from the RMBS breast cancer surgeons as they explain the difference between these types of cancer surgery.


Breast surgical specialists also perform:

  • Preventive/prophylactic mastectomy

  • Simultaneous and staged reconstruction of the breast

  • Lymph node surgeries, such as axillary node dissection and sentinel node biopsy

Learn more about breast cancer surgeries.

Choosing a Breast Surgery Specialist

Choosing your breast surgeon may be one of the most important decisions you will make concerning your care. Since treatment for breast cancer frequently begins with surgery, surgical outcomes pave the way for your cancer treatment to follow. This is why it’s so important to choose a highly qualified and experienced surgeon who specializes in breast cancer surgery.

Better Outcomes for Patients with a Breast Surgery Specialist

Research shows that breast cancer patients have a better prognosis (outcome) when their surgery is performed by a physician with a high volume of breast cancer surgeries.

Our specialized breast cancer surgeons have dedicated their professional careers to the disease and perform hundreds of breast cancer surgeries every year. With years of training and education focused on breast disease, they have an in-depth knowledge of cancer biology, genetics, and the most advanced surgical options to help patients obtain the best outcome.

Meet Our Breast Cancer Surgeons

At Rocky Mountain Breast Specialists (RMBS), we are pleased to have Dr. Katrina Oyague and Dr. Gerlinde Tynan, board-certified general surgeons specializing in the full spectrum of breast cancer care. They are active members of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and fellows in the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Tynan is also one of few surgeons certified in breast ultrasound. 


Comprehensive Care from Our Team of Breast Cancer Experts

At Rocky Mountain Breast Specialists, we bring together a multidisciplinary team of specialists to develop a personalized treatment plan for each patient. The team includes a breast surgical specialist as well as a medical oncologist and radiation oncologist who both specialize in breast cancer. They will meet and discuss the right order for treatments which may include:

Supportive care is also a key part of every patient's cancer treatment experience, assisting with emotional, financial and nutritional needs. This includes:

Learn about our cancer support groups and nutritional educational programs
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