UA battles breast cancer with research, advanced treatments and team approach

Nearly two decades ago, Deborah Goswitz’s youngest child beat leukemia when he was only 3 through a groundbreaking drug trial at the University of Arizona Medical Center.

When Goswitz was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer last spring, this 61-year-old mother of three knew the aggressive team approach offered by the highly skilled UA medical and surgical specialists was what she needed.

Goswitz knew the Breast Health team at UAMC and the University of Arizona Cancer Center combines the latest research, treatment and experience in the battle against breast cancer. She enrolled in a promising drug trial and underwent a mastectomy performed by Michele Ley, MD, director of breast surgery at the UA Department of Surgery, who removed the cancer in April.

Led by Dr. Ley, the breast program includes surgeons Amy L. Waer, MD, and Rebecca K. Viscusi, MD. The three perform as many as 60 breast cancer surgeries each month. Their ongoing research and participation in clinical trials allow them to provide the most advanced treatment options that can be tailored to the needs of each patient, Dr. Ley said.

• Read the full story at the UA Department of Surgery website.

- July 31, 2014