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My mammogram this time shows a cluster of microcalcifications and the
radiologist recommended a biopsy (I'm 46 with no history of breast
problems). I'm looking for a breast specialist who can look at the images
and tell me if it's really necessary. I've been referred to Dr. Jon Greif
in Berkeley (actually his partner Lisa Bailey, but she doesn't have
openings for 6-7 weeks). Any feedback on him or other breast surgeons, or
having been in this situation? Apparently it's relatively common and 80
percent of the time the microcalcifications are benign. Input welcome.
I LOVE Dr. Greif. He is highly skilled and experienced, and
also so personable and sensitive. He is farely new to the Bay
Area, but is quite famous down in San Diego where he lived up
until recently. He has won many awards and is highly regarded.
I never felt rushed by him. He answered all of my and my
family's questions. He was available by email and would email
me my medical records/consultations with him. I cannot say
enough good things about him. You will be in good
hands-literally and figuratively. Feel free to call me off
line if you have further questions and good luck to you.
My newly diagnosed friend needs recommendations of specialists
(preferably female) who help treat breast cancer at KAISER
Vallejo, Walnut Creek, or Oakland. Thanks.
I was treated for breast cancer in 2004. I can highly recommend my
oncologist at Kaiser Walnut Creek, Lisbeth Suyehira. She was responsive
and flexible and considered one of the best by other doctors. However she
will be retiring within the next 2 years so perhaps is not the best choice
for the long term.
Two surgeons at Oakland Kaiser were also highly recommended to me:
Veronica Shim and Kelly _____ (I can't remember her last name). I chose
another surgeon who had treated me previously, Richard Godfrey (now at
Kaiser Hayward) when he was chief surgeon at Oakland. For breast
reconstruction, I was very pleased with the results of the surgery by
Karla Werninghaus at Kaiser Hayward (510-784-4070). anon.
1) Go with your friend to the Women's Cancer Resource Center on
Telegraph Avenue. They have binders full of forms that women have
filled out with reviews of doctors/hospitals. They will also be
able to give your friends the names/numbers of other women who
have had similar surgeries, and are willing to talk to someone
who is going through it. They also have interns who will look up
various forms of treatments and send you copies of articles from
medical journals evaluating the treatments (very expensive to do
on your own because you have to pay for each article.)
2) Encourage your friend to join a support group. The emotional
support is helpful, and you can also get an idea of the best
places to have treatment with a particular form of cancer. It is
worth travelling to work with the best medical teams (depending
on how contained the cancer is.)
3) If you are a primary support person for your friend, consider
joining a support group for yourself. There are some where the
person with cancer/illness goes to one meeting, and their
caregiver goes to another that are scheduled at the same time.
WCRC has information on this as well.
I'm looking for a recommendation for a breast specialist. My Ob/Gyn's
office gave me three names: Charles Jenkins, Lisa Bailey and Robert
Fowler. Does anyone have any experience with any of these physicians?
Does anyone recommend them, and if so, why? What were they like to
work with? I often turn to alternative medicine for much of my health
care, but need to have something checked out. Ideally, I'm looking
for someone I can work with, and who would be open to working with me
and my osteopath. Thank You. In Health!
Hi, I have nothing but good things to say about Dr. Bailey and her staff . She is
professional and respectful and her staff has always been the same. She has
always spent time with me to answer any questions and make sure that I understood
what I was facing. Dr. Bailey's surgical skill was such that a few months later
my doctor couldn't tell at first that I had even had surgery. All of the doctors
I have told that she was treating me have expressed a great respect for her.
I'm unsure of her acceptance of natural healing, but only because I haven't
asked. However, personality-wise, I feel that she would be open to working with
you in whatever path you choose to take, but she will be honest about her medical
opinion of the situation.
Best of luck to you. Erin
My mother died of breast cancer at the age of 44, so checking my
breasts for lumps has always been a loaded experience for me and
I decided ten years ago to have my breasts checked every four
months by a medical professional. I went to see Dr. Lisa Bailey
for several years for this procedure until my health insurance
coverage changed. She is absolutely wonderful... warm,
compassionate and professional. I highly recommend her.
Re: Drs. Jenkins and Bailey. Three years ago, I was faced with breast cancer
surgery. I saw Dr. Jenkins (part of my health plan), but saw Dr. Bailey twice:
for a second surgical opinion, and as the presiding doctor at UCSF when I
received the results of genetic counseling and testing. I found Dr. Jenkins calm
but from a totally different era in breast cancer treatment. When I told him that
I preferred to have a plastic surgeon in the OR with him to perform a TRAM flap
reconstruction immediately after he completed the mastectomy, he was put off by
the suggestion. However, he did give in gracefully and my two surgeries were a
success. He also was a regular visitor when I ended up in the hospital with a
staph infection not long after surgery, and was very concerned and helpful. As
for Dr. Bailey, I found her calm, reassuring, and very upfront with me at the
second opinion. She was just wonderful the day I arrived at UCSF, nervous and
frightened, to find out my genetic testing results. Dr. Bailey also came highly
recommended to me by a neighbor who heads up a statewide breast cancer research
institute (and who I trust).
thankful for several options
My mother had breast cancer a few years ago (is fine now!) and saw Lisa
Bailey-she was great. Approachable, caring, and a great surgeon. That she is a
woman is another plus!
I saw Dr. Lisa Bailey two years ago for a breast lump that -
thankfully - after a lot of testing turned out to be benign.
I'm delighted to have the opportunity to give Dr. Bailey a
glowing review. She is professional yet warm, and exudes an air
of calm reassurance which was most welcome in a very confusing
situation. I had been hearing conflicting things from my OBGYN
vs. the radiologist who examined my lump and I didn't know what
to believe. Turning to the internet was even worse! Once I
walked into Dr. Bailey's office & met her, I just knew it was
in her hands and she absolutely knew what she was talking about.
I hope I never need to see a breast specialist again, but if I
did, I am glad to know a really good one.
I have just be diagnosed with breast cancer and I was wondering
if anyone has any experience/information with/about Dr. Lisa
Bailey and her staff?
my partner was diagnosed with breast cancer about 6 years ago-
we met with several surgeons and chose to work with Dr Lisa Bailey. We
appreciated her professionalism AND her frankness and honesty. She alsowas at
the top of her field with the latest treatments and at that time, the sentinal
node biopsy. We even chose to go outside of our insurance to work with her. We
also met Dr. Catherine Forest who we really liked too- she was working with Dr
Bailey to do the Sentinal Node Bipsy also.
Hope this helps-
Hi, I have nothing but good things to say about Dr. Bailey and her staff. She
removed a fiborous cyst for me four years ago and I am currently seeing her now
for another (hopefully benign) lump. She is professional and respectful and her
staff has always been the same. She has always spent time with me to answer any
questions and make sure that I understood what I was facing. I had my surgery at
the Summit out-patient clinic and was 100% satisfied with my treatment there. Dr.
Bailey's surgical skill was such that a few months later my doctor couldn't tell
at first that I had even had surgery.
In addition, my perinatologist said that Alta Bates was basically building a
breast cancer center for Dr. Bailey. I don't know how much to trust him (but
that's another topic), but he had a great respect for her as have all of the
other doctors I have told that she was treating me.
Best of luck to you. Erin
I have not been a patient of Dr. Bailey, I worked with her when I
worked at the American Cancer Society. I have also worked with
some of her patients and peers. Her reputation is outstanding as
a surgeon and as someone who is truly committed to breast health
& always up to date on the issues and treatments.
I was a patient of Lisa Bailey's a few years ago. I had a
non-cancerous tumor, and after a needle biopsy and several other
tests, it was decided that it needed to be removed since it was
growing in size. I was 22 years old, and absolutely terrified. Dr
Bailey and her office staff were fantastic. Every person I came
in contact with was warm and personable, friendly and reassuring.
The nurses were great. Dr Bailey herself was direct, clear, and
answered every question I had without making me feel rushed.
After the surgery, there were a few complications, and she saw me
immediately, and changed my medication to a better one. I am 25
now, and the scar is barely visible, even to me.
I would highly recommend Dr Bailey!
I am so sorry to hear of your breast cancer diagnosis. Three years ago I
underwent a complex, multi-layered, breast cancer diagnosis process. A neighbor,
who is a breast cancer specialist, got Dr. Bailey on the phone to give me advice
on how I could be proactive in this process. She asked about my family history of
cancer, what I had read about different diagnoses and conventional treatment
options, how I felt about surgery, etc. Because of a strong familial
predisposition to breast cancer, she immediately referred me to the Breast Cancer
Center at UCSF for genetic counseling and testing, as the results would indicate
whether I needed to consider more radical surgery. She was the presiding
physician on the day I received my results, and was very helpful, calm, and
reassuring. She fit me in for a second opinion right after my genetic results
came in and I brought all of my imaging results for her to look at. She had
already done so by the time I saw her. She precisely laid out my surgical
options, and likely post-surgical treatments, given the appropriate surgery. In
the end, I went with another surgeon within my medical plan, but I felt more
confident having seen her as a part of my diagnostic process. I felt that she
covered many areas which my breast surgeon had not even considered. I wish you
nearly 3 years and counting
Would you kindly recommend an oncologist that could give a
2nd opinion about a breast tissue biopsy? And also a
place for treatment?
Thank you in advance for your help.
Dr. Lisa Bailey, a breast surgeon at Alta bates Summit is amazing
- always up to date on information, issues and truly a nice,
caring person. Their cancer center is great as is UCSF - Laura
Esserman is excellent as well. I would HIGHLY recommend taking
advantage of the American Cancer Society's Reach to Recovery
program (should you need it). They are breast cancer survivors
who have been trained to help women navigate everything from
diagnosis through treatment and recovery. The program is free and
in my opinion, the best way to get unbiased information, support
and have someone help ask the right questions at the doctor. ACS
phone number is 1800-ACS-2345. Just say you would like to be put
in touch with a Reach to Recovery volunteer.Also Womens Cancer
Resource Center is EXCELLENT source of info - www.wcrc.org.
I don't know if this is going to be helpful or not. I just had
a breast biopsy done at Summit Hospital. The MD was Dr. Ira
Kanter who was wonderful. Very kind, gentle manner. Later
found out he does my regular doctor's mammograms, so he's a
doctor's doctor. I know he's a radiologist I don't know if
he's an oncologist and could give you a second opinion or not,
but definitely worth a call. 869-8800. I also spoke with his
partner Dr. Keene who was also very nice on the phone.
I wish you the best.
On behalf of our nanny's neice, a 32 year old with advanced
breast cancer, I'm looking for recommendations for a top breast
cancer oncologist for a second opinion. She has already
received a diagnosis and some treatement at Alta Bates. Thanks.
A friend's Dr. was Laura Esserman, M.D., Director of the UCSF
Breast Care Center.
http://www.ucsfbreastcarecenter.org/lesserman.html. She is very
highly regarded in her field.
Lisa Bailey is one of the best breast cancer surgeons in the Bay
This is tough compared to finding surgeons as there are plenty
of good surgeons in the Bay area. Here are three I visited &
came highly recommended: Hope Rugo or any of the oncologists
associated with UCSF Mt Zion Breast Care Center, Norm Cohen at
alta Bates is also very knowledgeableor San Francisco Oncology
Group - Dr. alan Newman. Also Bob Carlson at Stanford but
probably too far if you're in the East Bay. Good luck!
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