Q&A: Cancer care breast surgeon Dr. Archit Naik
Dr. Archit Naik is a respected breast surgeon who performs cutting-edge cancer treatments. A history of breast cancer in his own family further inspires his care. He understands what his patients and their families go through on the journey to recovery.
Q. What goals set you apart from other breast surgeons?
My first goal, as a surgeon, is to remove the cancer. But breast cancer is a systemic disease, so I am very focused on making sure my patients receive the proper follow-up treatments. I’m the point person for many years of continued care.
Q. What if mastectomy is required?
Here at Mercy, I perform a newer procedure called a nipple-sparing mastectomy, which means saving the nipple and most of the breast. Not many surgeons offer this procedure, but I have a great deal of experience in this area. This technique helps the plastic surgeon to perform a cosmetically superior procedure so that the breast looks exactly how the patient wants it to look.
Q. What’s the most exciting advance in treatment today?
For certain breast cancers, one new surgical technique is a sentinel lymph node dissection coupled with radiation treatments. It’s much less invasive than what I did only two years ago, and the side effects are significantly reduced.
Q. Would you consider yourself a progressive breast surgeon?
Yes, but at the same time I provide the best level of care based on hard evidence that a procedure works.