Breast Cancer Surgeon located in Santa Monica, CA & Los Angeles, CA
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I cannot say enough good things about the wonderful Dr. Holmes. I was fortunate enough to have perform cryoablation and avoid a lumpectomy. My situation was tricky. Dr. Holmes spend an incredible amount of time with me and truly made me feel as if I was his only patient in the world. His staff (and in particular his assistant Alba) are also very thorough and kind. Dr. Holmes is doing us all a service by making cryoablation a viable alternative to lumpectomy or mastectomy and I am truly grateful for his help to put the breast cancer behind me.
Dr. Holmes is very nice, gentle and thorough. He took his time with me and and provided me with all necessary information in regards to my cancer. Very appreciative of Dr. Holmes.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer stage 1,T2 (2.5CM),invasive ductal carcinoma of the lower outer left breast in September 2018. It was the worst news I received and and my life has changed.
I saw a oncologist who offered only a standard procedure.
I was scheduled for surgery in a hospital in Europe 2 months later.
In all this time I have not stopped documenting and looking for other ways to get rid of cancer.
God did a miracle and pointed me to Dr. Holmes who, after consulting me, gave good news, I can be a candidate for Cryoablation, and no need to do the standard operation.
The procedure of Cryoablation is a simple one, without pain and does not leave traces in the level of the breast.
Doctor Holmes is a perfect professional, a very gentle and calm man, which removed all my accumulated stress until I met him.
I traveled 10,000 km to reach Dr. Holmes, he made me Cryoablation and I can say that it was the best decision of my life!
I knew I was going to the City of Angels but I didn't think I would meet my angel, but a miracle happened: I met my angel DR. DENNIS R. HOLMES
I had cryoablation done in October to remove two questionable nodules from my left breast. Dr. Holmes was very pleasant to work with me regarding my situation. The procedure was not painful nor was the recovery period. It has been 3 months since I had the nodules removed. Dr. Holmes said there would be a lump in the treated area. The lump is going down. I am relieved knowing that that my breast is healing well.
Dr Holmes was very personable and listened to my needs as well as informed me of my options. I will be referring my friends to him.
After a poor experience with another doctor, I was fortunate to find Dr. Holmes and Alba. I was fortunate to have them as part of my BC Care Team. They have made this experience bearable and they took care of me.
Alba was patient and sweet. She was communicative and made sure I understood everything before ending our call(s) and/ or leaving after my appointment(s).
Dr. Holmes was straightforward while being attentive; his answers were clear and understandable instead of just throwing medical terms (which some doctors have a tendency to). Once I was diagnosed on September 25, 2019, it was a smooth and quick process. Dr. Holmes performed the lumpectomy on October 11, 2019 and my surgery was a success.
Would I go through the terrible experience with the first doctor again if I knew I'll connect with Dr. Holmes? Absolutely. Again. And. Again.
Dr. Holmes & Alba, thank you from the bottom of my heart. For trusting me to know more about my body, being thorough, and just being awesome!
After finding Dr. Holmes I was most anxious to have the cryoablation procedure done on the three cancerous tumors in my left breast. I had been doing self treatment for over seven years while being monitored by an oncologist who did scans and blood work several times a year. Feeling that I had been led to Dr. Holmes, I contacted him and sent to him seven years of reports and DVDs. After review, he said that he could do the procedure. I was elated because I really felt that this was the right course of action for me. We flew to LA and Dr. Holmes did the procedure on July 17th; I flew home on the 18th, and my recovery went very well. I am still monitored by my local oncologist and will have more scans in January and then needle biopsies next July, as Dr. Holmes recommended. His knowledge, demeanor, and skill were impressive and I felt that I was in very good hands having him perform the cryoablation. I am so glad I found Dr. Holmes.
Dr. Holmes is a rare find. Such a knowledgeable, experienced and skillful practitioner yet he remains kind and accommodating towards his patients. He answered every question I had and put me at ease during cryoablation of a residual tumor. Being the principal investigator of the FROST clinical study made me even more confident in Dr. Holmes' expertise. I am happy and grateful to have found Dr. Holmes, a true authority in breast cryoablation!
Since the day we walked into Dr. Holmes office, my mother and I always felt welcome. Dr. Holmes explains everything to us and he listens to our concerns. His staff our always great.
Dr. Holmes is a superb physician and a very kind, and compassionate human being. He truly cares about the physical as well as, the emotional well being of his patients. His graciousness and patience is a virtue. Dr. Holmes has a stupendous disposition and a phenomenal bedside manner. He makes himself available to answer all of your questions and he responds to all of your e-mails. Dr. Holmes genuinely cares about his patients.
He was very attentive and listened to all of my questions.
Every I could want from a breast surgeon and more. Patient, informative, gentle, thorough.
Dr. Holmes and Alba have been great thru this whole experience. I could not ask for a better team.
The best doctor ever from all points, he is patient, understanding, answers all questions even the questions you don't ask. I really thank God that I have such a wonderful doctor.
We referred to Dr. Holmes for a second opinion on my wife's breast cancer diagnosis. He was brilliant and very compassionate. He met us on a Saturday morning because he was so busy and then he went out of his way to help us secure a test that our insurance wouldn't approve and our first Oncologist didn't even tell us about, called the Mamma Print test, a genetic test that analyses whether or not chemo would have any efficacy for my wife's type of Breast Cancer. The test came back negative and ended up keeping my wife from having to go through six months of the worst chemo out there called Adrimiason (otherwise known as the Red Devil). I'm not overstating it when I say, his care was life changing for us.
Dr. Holmes is one of the best surgical oncologist I have consulted with. He is on the leading edge of research for finding the best way to treat breast cancer with the least amount of damage. He is very caring and takes the time to listen to you as a patient. He has a rare gift for diagnosing that sets him apart from other doctors in his field.
They are a great team.
Very good doctor . The best surgeon. He saved my life .
Dr Holmes is a caring professional who listens and takes the time to explain treatment.
Both he and his staff run an exceptional practice where the patient is the priority.
Would highly recommend
Mary Ann B.
Dr Holmes is top notch! He’s experienced, wise, caring and thorough. He’s busy, but well worth the wait! Highly recommend him.
Dr. Holmes is a dedicated breast surgeon providing cutting edge state of the art breast cancer care, including the following:
Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis
Evaluation of Breast Lumps, Nipple Discharge, or other Breast Symptoms
Second Opinions to make sure you are making the right treatment decisions
Personal Breast Cancer Risk Assessment to determine which kind of breast cancer screening program is best for you as an individual
Genetic Breast Cancer Screening to determine if you may have or be at risk of developing an inheritable breast cancer
Breast Cancer Surgery
Breast Conserving Surgery (lumpectomy or partial mastectomy) to remove cancers while preserving the shape of the breast
Oncoplastic Breast Surgery to remove cancer while preserving or improving breast appearance, often combined with breast lift or breast reduction
Nipple Sparing Mastectomy (or “Hidden Incision” Nipple Sparing Mastectomy) performed through an incision hidden in the skin fold under the breast
Skin Sparing Mastectomy to remove the breast and areola (including nipple) while preserving the rest of the skin of the breast, followed by breast reconstruction. Performed with areolar preservation is unsafe.
Areola Sparing Mastectomy to remove the breast and nipple (but not areola nipple) while preserving the rest of the skin of the breast, followed by breast reconstruction. Performed with nipple preservation is unsafe.
Total or Simple Mastectomy to remove the breast, nipple, areola, and excess skin when lumpectomy is not possible or desired, possibly followed by optional breast reconstruction
Prophylactic Nipple Sparing Mastectomy to greatly reduce your future risk of developing breast cancer
Immediate Breast Reconstruction performed at time of mastectomy (preferred)
Delayed Breast Reconstruction if immediate reconstruction is not appropriate or desired.
Types of Reconstruction:
• Breast Implants (silicone or saline) • DIEP Flap (tummy flap & muscle-sparing) • TRAM Flap (tummy flap & non-muscle-sparing) • LAT Flap (using tissue and muscle from back) • Others from side or thighs
Lymph Node Surgery
Sentinel node biopsy, removal of a few (typically 1-3) lymph node to determine if cancer has spread to the lymph nodes
Axillary lymph node dissection, complete removal of cancerous lymph nodes in the axilla or armpit
Axillary Reverse Mapping, a specialized technique to identify and protect arm lymphatic drainage during lymph node surgery to reduce or prevent lymphedema
Intraoperative Margin Assessment
MarginProbe device, a dedicated device for thorough assessment of surgical margins during surgery to minimize the risk of repeat surgery due to positive surgical margins
Cryoablation (Tumor Freezing)
Cryoablation of breast cancer, a minimally invasive non-surgical treatment of small breast cancers by freezing using a small needle inserted into the breast cancer under local anesthesia
Cryoablation of benign breast tumors, a minimally invasive non-surgical treatment for fibroadenoma, a benign breast tumor common in young women
Breast Radiation Therapy
Single Treatment Targeted Intraoperative Radiotherapy to safely administer breast radiotherapy in a single treatment during surgery at the time of lumpectomy, completely replacing the usual 6-week course of required daily breast radiotherapy administered after surgery.
Administration chemotherapy or anti-estrogen therapy prior to surgery to decrease tumor size and decrease cancer in lymph nodes to reduce the extent of breast and/or lymph node surgery.