At Premier Surgical Network, it’s about more than just treating cancer.
It’s about treating the whole patient.
“We offer all services of breast care in our offices, from basic to the most advanced,” Dr. James H. Frost says. “We are able to basically offer every type of surgery that is available worldwide.”
While the goal at Premier Surgical Network is to take care of patients, this goes far beyond curing a patient of breast cancer or identifying the cause of breast pain. The staff takes into account what a patient wants and needs with their treatment, from start to finish.
“When I meet a patient with newly diagnosed breast cancer, I describe that together we will build a pathway of care with the starting point as ‘A’ (the diagnosis) and eventually reach the desired endpoint defined as ‘B’ (the cure). … We are constantly tailoring treatment to the individual patient and the biology of their disease,” says Frost.
The medical field is ever-evolving, and the field of breast health and breast cancer is certainly no exception. Frost has been involved in this specialty “for a very long time,” and his extensive experience—particularly since going into private practice in 1988—has also given him the opportunity to observe the evolution of breast care firsthand.
“Advances in the treatment of breast cancer are now occurring on almost a monthly basis,” says Frost, noting the recent improvements in both therapeutic and surgical management.
And Premier Surgical Network is in the business of offering that top level care to its patients. In addition to Frost, the company employs the talents of surgeons Dr. Anjeanette T. Brown, Dr. Desiree D’Angelo, Dr. Ann Chuang and Dr. Lisa Iucci. The team covers eight offices across the state—in Cape May, Egg Harbor Township, Florham Park, Hammonton, Jersey City, Linwood, Manahawkin, Montclair, Palisades and Union—which are all affiliated with well-established, reputable hospitals.
“We’re all very driven as far as taking care of our patients and making sure our patients get the best treatment,” says Frost. “Every doctor in this group—that’s what we’re interested in. It’s really a very high level of care.”
Something else that’s different at Premier Surgical Network? Frost would also rather hear of any problems or concerns sooner rather than later, so he gives his personal cell phone number to all of his patients.
“They know they can call me if they’re having a problem,” he says.
And while the doctor says there is nothing wrong with wanting to get a second medical opinion, he has also found these second opinions are sometimes sought after not understanding details of what Premier Surgical Network has to offer a patient. In providing a cell phone number, these questions can be answered quickly and accurately.
“Just opening up the communication channels has made my life so much easier and has made it easier for the patients and their families,” says Frost.
A board-certified general surgeon, Frost joined Premier Surgical Network in 2017. He attended medical school at Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara—where he became fluent in Spanish—and Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Fifth Pathway before completing a general surgery residency at the University of Illinois Metropolitan Group Hospital in Chicago.
With a slate of prestigious awards in surgical excellence, Frost is also a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and a Mastery of Breast Surgery program participant.
Training in breast surgery under Dr. Yosef Pilch, one of the original investigators of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project, sparked Frost’s interest in breast cancer. In 2016, he opted to limit his practice to breast care only.
When it comes to his patients, he has three main goals:
- ensuring women who don’t have breast cancer are treated correctly and do not undergo unnecessary breast surgery;
- treating high-risk women early if they develop breast cancer, as well as treating them prophylactically if they have a genetic predisposition; and
- screening women appropriately and diagnosing women early by needle biopsy when they are found to have lesions early.
As tools to combat the disease become more readily available, there’s increased hope for a positive outcome. However, despite these leaps forward, Frost says he’s still taken back by how many women brush off routine breast cancer screening.
“After 35 years of treating patients with breast cancer, one great frustration is meeting the patient who, because of fear, ignorance or lack of insurance, has failed to go for a mammogram and comes in with advanced disease,” he says. “The bottom line is that when we find breast cancer early, it can usually be cured. Not 100% of cases, but most cases,” Frost says. “I can’t tell you we have it cured completely. We don’t. But we do cure the majority of our patients.”
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Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 13, Issue 13.
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