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I have breast cancer and I am a breast cancer survivor...

I have breast cancer and I am a breast cancer survivor. I feel that I owe my life to one Breast surgeon, Dr. Lygas. When I talked to him last on a follow-up visit and again thanked him for my life, he quietly asked if I would tell my story and allow it to be posted it on so others can read about my joy.

It started with an abnormal mammogram. My OB/GYN referred me to Dr Lygas for a consultation. I had calcifications that were to wide spread to get them all out with a needle biopsy for an accurate diagnosis. I had a simple surgical biopsy done in an outpatient surgi-center. The surgi-center environment was wonderful.

Having been operated on in hospitals in the past for other conditions, I was really impressed by the caring and the one on one attention I received, rather than the typical “assembly line”. This fits well with Dr. Lygas' view of medical care that it should be one on one personal attention.

The results came back. The wide spread calcifications were cancerous and there was wide spread cancer throughout most of the breast and that meant a mastectomy! I walked into the next visit with Dr. Lygas fearing the worst. I will never see my children grow up and live to an old age, but by the time I left Dr. Lygas' office, he calmed me down, and reassured me that with the proper treatment I would be fine. His demeanor was so reassuring. The cloud of doom over my head was gone when I walked out of the office. I had real hope!!

The mastectomy was also done in the surgi-center and I went home the same day, in fact a few hours later. My girlfriends told me I would be in horrible pain for days. What a bunch of silliness! The home visiting nurses who came daily to change my bandages and check me out were wonderful also. I actually called Dr Lygas' office on the second day after the mastectomy and inquired why I did not have pain! I did not have to use to pain pills he gave me "just in case". Shortly later, when Dr. Lygas called me back, he told me in his humble and unassuming manner "just advances in modern surgical technique". But based on what others have told me about their surgeries I concluded that it was this surgeons' skill that took me through the procedure with such great results and mental outlook.

Dr. Lygas gave me the option of immediate reconstruction, but I chose to decide on that option later. It is as Dr. Lygas says," it is an option that you never lose".

I am now cancer free and enjoy my family and life. The future is bright-all because of a knowledgeable, talented breast surgeon.

Maria M


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Monmouth County patients can be seen in the Brick or Freehold office. Ocean County patients can be seen in the Brick, Toms River, or Barnegat office.

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