Marcia Boraas, MD, FACS
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Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111
I’ve been caring for women in the Philadelphia area with breast cancer for over 25 years. After graduating from Princeton University, I attended medical school and completed my surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania. I was a breast surgeon at the University of Pennsylvania for seven years, and prior to that I was on the staff of Fox Chase Cancer Center. I was pleased to return to Fox Chase.
While I am a strong supporter of the research programs here at Fox Chase, my personal practice is entirely devoted to patient care, focusing on those diagnosed or suspected to have breast cancer, or who may be at high risk.
In my experience, Fox Chase has always valued an individualized approach to breast cancer treatment, offering their comprehensive resources in a patient-centered setting.
Although it is impossible to comprehend the anxiety which accompanies the possibility or the confirmation of a breast cancer diagnosis, the truth is that most women who are treated will be well. In my practice, that important and shared understanding is essential to any discussion of surgical therapy and in making truly collaborative treatment decisions. I believe that offering personalized, and hopeful, care to women with breast cancer is what continues to make my work so rewarding.
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- Fellowship, American Cancer Society Clinical Fellowship, Philadelphia, PA
- Postdoctoral Fellow in Surgical Research, Harrison Department of Surgical Research, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
- Resident in Surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
- Chief Resident in General Surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
- MD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1977
- American Board of Surgery
- American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
Honors & Awards
- Best Doctors in America®, Best Doctors Inc., 2007, 2009-2010, 2013-2014
- Philadelphia Magazine Top Docs, 2011-2015
- Newsweek Health Top Cancer Doctors, 2015
- America's Top Doctors for Cancer, 7th-10th ed
- America's Top Doctors, 11th-14th ed
- The first "Tickled Pink" Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of Teens for the Cure/Susan G. Komen for the Cure, November 2009
- I.S. Ravdin Prize, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1977; Alpha Omega Alpha, 1976
As soon as Linda Snow learned she was adopted, she was curious about her roots. As a teen, she wondered about the health history of her birth parents. In addition to suggesting she have her first mammogram at age 30 to obtain a baseline, Linda’s OB/GYN referred her to the Risk Assessment Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center founded by Mary Daly, MD, PhD.
As the Economic and Business Development Program Administrator for Bucks County, PA, Sonia Smith is always on the go. However, after hearing the results of a routine mammography in January 2011, her world stood still. Further testing confirmed Sonia had stage 2 breast cancer in her left breast. “My son and daughter were in 7th and 9th grade and I wasn’t sure how they would handle the news,” recalled Sonia. “I confided in my partner, Stephen, who lost his wife to a brain tumor. He and I agreed to keep this to ourselves until we had a plan in place.”
If you have a question about Fox Chase Cancer Center, ask Robin Luber. She spends every Wednesday volunteering at Fox Chase so you are likely to see her walking the halls helping patients and families or in the Family Surgical Waiting Lounge. She also volunteers in Social Services assisting the social workers with administrative tasks. "I love this job," shared Robin. "I help patients, their families, and the staff. It's very rewarding." And that's coming from a former patient.
Born in Hong Kong in 1957, Audrey Lam traveled to the United States as a young adult in order to further her education. After earning a doctoral degree in School Psychology, she was the first Chinese bilingual school psychologist to work in the School District of Philadelphia. In December 2010, at the age of 52, Audrey suddenly felt her world turn upside down when she was diagnosed with breast cancer (ductal carcinoma). Her doctor recommended a mastectomy with an option of immediate breast reconstruction. Audrey decided to ask for a second opinion.
The decision to have a bilateral mastectomy is never an easy one. But for Ruth Sklar, a French teacher, the prospect of surgery made perfect sense, a preferred option over not knowing when the next questionable test result would send her into an emotional tailspin.
Bleicher RJ, Ruth K, Sigurdson ER, Evers K, Wong Yu-Ning, Boraas M, Egleston BL,
(In)- Efficiencies in the Preoperative Imaging Evaluation of the Medicare Breast Cancer
Patient, Dept. of Surgical Oncology, Biostatistics, Diagnostic Imaging and Medical
Oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA, 2011.
Bleicher RJ, Ruth K, Sigurdson ER, Ross E, Wong Yu-Ning, Patel S, Boraas M, Topham N, Egleston B, Preoperative Delays in the US Medicare Population with Breast Cancer, JCO Dec.20, 2012, Vol. 30 no. 36; 4485-4492 PubMed
Loveland-Jones CE, Ruth K, Sigurdson ER, Egleston BL, Boraas M, Bleicher RJ. Patterns of Nodal Staging during Breast Conservation Surgery in the Medicare Patient: will the ASCOSOGZ0011 trial change the pattern or care? Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 143 (3):571-7, 2014
Silverman D, Ruth K, Sigurdson ER, Egleston BL, Goldstein LJ, Wong YN, Boraas M, Bleicher, RJ.Skin Involvement and Breast Cancer: Are T4b Lesions of All Sizes Created Equal? J Am Coll Surg. 2014 Apr 20, pil:S1072-7515 (14)00340-8, doi:10.1016/j_jamcollsurg.2014.04.003 PubMed
Nardello SM, Kulkarni N, Aggon A, Boraas M., Sigurdson ER, Bleicher RJ. Invasive MucinousCarcinoma Arising in Ectopic Axillary Breast Tissue. A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Am J Case Rep 2015; Am J Case Rep 2015: 16:153-159 DOI 10.12659/AJCR.892650
Bleicher, Richard J, Ruth, Karen J, Sigurdson, Elin R, Beck, J. Robert, Ross, Eric, Wong, Yu-Ning, Patel, Sameer A, Boraas, Marcia, Chang, Eric, Topham, Neal S. Egleston, Brian. Time to Surgery and Breast Cancer Survival in the United States: JAMA Oncology. In press