Breast cancer affects both men and women. In the United States, the CDC reports that over 276,400 women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer annually, along with 48,530 new non-invasive breast cancer cases. Breast cancer also affects approximately 2,600 men each year. Notably, the statistics of survival are increasing, mostly due to patient education and early diagnosis.
Millennium Physician Group’s Breast Surgeon, Natalia Partain, MD, is passionate about improving breast cancer longevity and educating patients on the importance of screening and getting tested for genetic risk factors. Dr. Partain has extensive training in groundbreaking surgical techniques and a passion for helping patients live their healthiest, fullest lives.
Dr. Partain shared more on the center and her drive, “I was born in Argentina and grew up in Fort Myers; I’m bilingual. After my years of education and training, I had an opportunity to come back to this area and work with Millennium Physician Group to develop the Breast Cancer Center of Excellence. It’s a beautiful place where patients feel welcome; they experience the support and warmth of our staff as we walk alongside during their breast cancer journey. Breast cancer affects women in 99% of cases, but men also are susceptible to the disease, and we are here for them as well”.
“At The Breast Cancer Center of Excellence, I dedicate myself to working one-on-one with my patients, offering them compassionate care, the latest treatment innovations, as well as advice on healthy living”.
“The center coordinates a multidisciplinary team approach of oncology specialists and surgical experts to help navigate evidence-based treatment through an integrative, comprehensive approach”.
I enjoy assisting patients with dietary and lifestyle recommendations to help them heal and live a life of wellness and balance. My surgical training is extensive, and I specialize in minimizing scars and hiding them so that patients do not have to be reminded of their breast cancer continually. I’m also in a group of unique surgeons experienced in preserving the nipple when mastectomy surgery is needed”.
At the center, we believe it is critical to start screening at the recommended age of 40, but we cannot express enough the importance of general and genetic high-risk factors, such as hereditary risks. For patients with risks, we provide in-depth, multi-panel genetic testing. It is a comprehensive, genetic screening with MRIs and 3D Mammograms, and blood tests. This process leads to diagnose and determination the treatment algorithm based on our expert recommendations and the patient’s wishes. Genetic risks not only derive from a family history of breast cancer, they also include ovarian, prostate, and pancreatic disorders as well”.
For surgical biopsies, we perform ultrasound-guided core biopsy, stereotactic core biopsy, or MR-guided core biopsy. Depending on the diagnosis, we begin a strategic, personalized plan for each individual patient”.
“When removing axillary lymph nodes, I perform an exclusive procedure that takes out the lymph nodes that drain the breast but leaves those that drain the arm. This aids in optimal healing and reduces the risk of lymphedema or arm swelling. After surgery, I screen and fit patients for compression sleeves and refer them to the most experienced lymphedema physical therapists in the area”.
“I have a passion for all breast cancer patients and desire that also minorities are educated and receive the screenings and care they need. I enjoy facilitating community education and events to spread the word and to offer hope.”
Common Breast Cancer Conditions (not a complete list)
• Breast cancer in women and men
• Ductal carcinoma in situ
• Locally advanced breast cancer
• Inflammatory breast cancer
• Paget’s disease
• Phyllodes tumors
• Breast cancer in pregnancy
• Breast cancer risk assessment and risk reduction counseling
Common Benign Breast Conditions (not a complete list)
• Chronic breast pain
• Inflammatory conditions- idiopathic granulomatous mastitis
• Nipple discharge
• Breast and nipple masses
• Breast skin changes
• Lactational abscess, milk fistula
• Abnormal mammograms
• High risk lesions such as lobular carcinoma in situ, atypical hyperplasia
• Desmoid tumors
• Accessory (ectopic) axillary breast tissue removal
Natalia Partain, MD
Natalia Partain, M.D. is a board-certified general surgeon who completed a breast surgical oncology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She focuses on treating benign (non-cancer) and malignant (cancer) breast conditions. She has extensive training in nipple and skin sparing mastectomy, oncoplastic techniques to preserve the natural appearance of the breast and always strives to hide her incisions. She considers herself blessed to have cared for so many breast cancer patients and to have the experience to provide the latest evidence-based individualized cancer treatments.
Dr. Partain is fluent in English and Spanish.
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