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This Week's Speaker

Aug. 18, 2022–Dr. Rachel Hunter / Breast Cancer Oncologist

Presentation Title:

NAVIGATING THE CHALLENGES OF BREAST CANCER TREATMENT

 

As a breast surgical oncologist at the USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute (MCI), Dr. Hunter treats cases from benign breast disease to aggressive breast cancer. Focusing on breast oncology at an academic cancer research center, Dr. Hunter uses cutting-edge technology and participates in leading-edge research for breast cancer care.

 

From a young age, Dr. Hunter knew she wanted to be a doctor, and breast surgical oncology allows her to combine her passions for women’s health and surgery. Connecting with her patients on a personal level, she empowers them to make informed decisions about their cancer care and its impact on their lifestyles, focusing not only on their physical health but also on their mental health. When a new breast cancer patient comes to MCI, her goal is that they leave with an understanding of their diagnosis and prognosis, a plan in hand and all of their questions and concerns answered.

 

Dr. Hunter carefully considers her patients’ outcomes when planning surgery and extends patient care beyond routine procedures to improve their survivorship journey. She strives to give her patients the best aesthetic results using the hidden scar technique whenever possible. Dr. Hunter also provides a pectoral nerve block for patients undergoing a mastectomy,  and this technique allows patients to have better pain control during and after surgery, which also helps patients use fewer narcotics.

 

Treating patients undergoing breast cancer care, Dr. Hunter works extensively with MCI’s multidisciplinary team of medical and radiation oncologists and plastic surgeons to create an individualized plan for patients. She is dedicated to providing the most-advanced treatments and remaining at the forefront of breast cancer clinical trials and research.

 

Dr. Hunter lives in Mobile with her husband, Dr. John Hunter, a colorectal surgeon at USA Health; their dog, Remi; and their new baby. In her spare time, Dr. Hunter enjoys working out, reading, attending concerts, being outdoors and traveling.