LAUREN S. CASSELL M.D., F.A.C.S.
Chief of Breast Surgery, Emeritus - Northwell Health/Lenox Hill Hospital
When you choose your breast surgeon you are choosing a partner for a long term journey. Surgery is just the first step in a relationship that extends for many years including regular follow ups and screening.
Many patients get confused about the different names associated with doctors that specialize on the breast. Breast Surgeon, Surgical Oncologist, Women's Health Specialist are all titles that refer to physicians who perform a similar range of services, yet none of these labels is completely accurate.
Dr. Cassell is a "Breast Surgeon," however many of her patients never require surgery. Her areas of expertise include both cancerous and non-cancerous issues and therefore the "surgeon" label becomes confusing for the majority of patients who do not require surgery.
Dr. Cassell's expertise encompasses:
Diagnosis and treatment of cancers of the breast and surrounding tissue
Non-cancerous growths involving the breast and surrounding tissue
Problems involving lactation
Breast issues in male patients
Genetic screening, counseling, and identification of breast cancer risk factors
Risk-reduction breast surgery
Although Dr. Cassell practices traditional medicine, she is supportive of adjunct holistic approaches including acupuncture, massage, nutritional, and other therapies as long as they do not interfere with traditional medical practice.