Complete Breast Care,
Easy as Knowing Your ABCs
When In Doubt Check
Alaska Breast Care Specialists in Anchorage, AK, led by Dr. Karen Barbosa focuses on whole breast care with an emphasis on breast cancer surgery. Dr. Barbosa is the only Breast Fellowship trained surgeon in the state of Alaska. A Fellowship is a year or more of training in a specific area at an accredited institution, such as Breast, Colorectal, Bariatric or Surgical Oncology (rotates through all areas of cancer, a few months in breast) after a general surgical residency has been completed. A Breast Fellowship training is a year dedicated to learning about all of the specialties associated with breast cancer patients; such as breast medical oncology, breast radiation oncology, breast pathology, breast radiology and breast survivorship.
We specialize in Oncoplastic surgery. Oncoplasty is the fusion of cancer surgery and plastic surgery where cancer tumors are removed with attention to maintaining and optimizing the cosmetic outcome of the appearance of the breast. After completing her Fellowship she went on to take several courses in Oncoplasty, the first of which was in 2008. She continues to attend these courses and updates her surgical skills yearly.
Our Approach to Care
Dr. Barbosa believes in empowering patients by providing them with organized, up to date information through detailed consultations. The group’s philosophy is that education allows patients to elect the right surgical and other treatment options for their individual needs. Know that your cancer treatment is being personalized.
Second opinions are a good idea when it comes to your medical care because they help:
Confirm that you are already with the right doctors
- Review your mammogram/Ultrasound/MRI
- Understand all of your treatment options
- Find physicians that you trust and feel confident in their skills
- Genetic testing if needed
- Peace of mind that you are choosing the right team
Cancer is life-changing event, where the diagnosis produces fear that affects every aspect of your life. Knowledge is key to alleviating fear and reduces pain. Education regarding your specific diagnosis, allows you to move forward with a treatment plan that is customized to you and your particular cancer. We pride ourselves on being cutting edge, comprehensive and compassionate. Dr. Barbosa’s practice combines state-of-the-art care while paying attention to treating the whole patient, this means family & friends.
We create a care plan that will treat the cancer in your body and we will work with you to alleviate the emotional fear it produces as we empower you by education.