Behind the Science

Meet the Doctor: Miral Amin, MD

Surgical Oncologist and Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® in Zion, Illinois

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Q. As a breast surgeon, what are some of the surgical procedures you perform for patients?

A. I perform simple mastectomy, skin sparing mastectomy, nipple sparing mastectomy, modified radical mastectomy, lumpectomy or partial mastectomy, lumpectomy with IORT, local tissue transfer or volume displacement techniques for lumpectomy defects, sentinel node biopsy and axillary dissection.

Q. Are there any current advances in breast surgery that you think are especially exciting?

A. In the field of breast surgery, nipple sparing mastectomy is an excellent option for preserving the whole external breast envelope for qualified patients. After reconstruction this helps in achieving a very natural and aesthetically pleasing outcome for patients.

Breast cancer treatment is based on a multi-disciplinary team approach, and thus advances in radiation oncology and medical oncology also help to bring about innovation in surgery. Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT) delivered to patients during their lumpectomy surgery in a localized field helps to decrease treatment time by weeks and minimize unnecessary radiation effects to the whole breast. Also, advances in genomic testing and finding targeted agents for the cancer might help more patients with advanced disease to be able to receive tailored neo-adjuvant therapy and help with breast conservation therapy.

Q. What do you think patients should know about breast surgery in the wake of a cancer diagnosis?

A. After a diagnosis of breast cancer patients experience many emotions, and deciding the right surgical plan can get overwhelming. At this time it can be helpful to find a hospital and a treatment team that will consider your personal wishes and goals and then gather information and ask as many questions as possible about what to expect before, during and after surgery so you can be prepared for the journey ahead.

Q. What is most inspiring to you as you work with patients?

A. It is inspiring to see patients who in a time of weakness and pain are able to gather strength from deep within themselves, as well as from their family, friends, community and religious faith, and emerge stronger to fight their cancer.

Fun Facts: Dr. Amin says…

  • When I’m not working with patients or conducting research, you can find me cooking and trying new recipes, traveling with family and in the park.
  • The next place I’d love to visit is Spain.
  • If I weren’t a physician, I would likely be a chef or a fashion designer.