Breast Cancer

Candela and Schreier Medical Corporation

Surgical Oncologists & Robotic Surgery Specialists located in West Hills, CA & Thousand Oaks, CA, serving the San Fernando Valley

The mere mention of breast cancer can be stressful, which is why the team at Candela and Schreier Medical Corporation in West Hills and Thousand Oaks, California, while also serving the San Fernando Valley, works to support and educate you throughout the process. Dr. Frank Candela and Dr. David Schreier both bring a wealth of experience in diagnosing and treating breast cancer and are trained in the latest approaches and techniques. The team is happy to serve those living in Agoura Hills, West Hills, Calabasas, and surrounding San Fernando Valley and Simi Valley area. To learn more, schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience. Online scheduling is available, or you’re welcome to contact the office by phone.

Breast Cancer Q & A

How is breast cancer diagnosed?

There are several ways that signs of breast cancer might be identified. Many women find a lump during routine breast self-exams, which remain one of the most powerful ways to detect cancer in the earliest stages. Your OB/GYN might detect tissue abnormalities during a well-woman exam. Indications of breast cancer also can show up on a mammogram, MRI, or ultrasound.

Any of these events should lead to a breast biopsy at Candela and Schreier Medical Corporation. A biopsy is simply the removal of a small sample of breast tissue, which is then examined for signs of cellular abnormalities.

A breast biopsy can be obtained in several different ways, including:

  • Fine-needle aspiration biopsy
  • Core needle biopsy
  • Stereotactic biopsy
  • Ultrasound-guided core needle biopsy
  • MRI-guided core needle biopsy
  • Surgical biopsy

Your provider will determine which type of biopsy is best suited for your specific needs.

What are the surgical options for treating breast cancer?

Surgery plays a significant role in breast cancer treatment, even when chemotherapy and radiation are also part of your treatment plan. There are multiple surgical options for you and your doctor to choose from.


This approach involves removing cancerous tissue from your breast while leaving the healthy tissue intact. In some cases, a larger area of tissue -- up to an entire quadrant of your breast -- might be removed. This is called a partial mastectomy.

Oncoplastic surgery

This is a combination of breast surgical oncology and plastic surgery. The focus is on removing any cancerous tissue while sculpting the remaining tissue to create a natural appearance. Usually, the opposite breast also is resculpted as needed to retain symmetry.


Mastectomy is the surgical removal of your entire breast. There are various types, depending on whether lymph nodes, muscle tissue, or the nipple is also removed.

How will I know which surgical approach is right for me?

Patient education is an essential part of the care provided at Candela and Schreier Medical Corporation. Before you make any treatment decisions you’ll learn about the pros and cons of various options and how each choice affects both your short-term and long-term health needs.

Dr. Candela and Dr. Schreier view their role as your partner in your health journey and support your active participation in your course of treatment. Schedule a consultation today to learn more and begin the treatment path that’s right for you.