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Welcome Danielle L. Jacobbe, D.O., M.S., M.A., FACOS, to Texas Breast Specialists-Methodist Charlton Cancer Center and Methodist Dallas Cancer Center

October 20, 2023

Danielle L. Jacobbe, D.O., M.S., M.A., FACOS, breast surgeon, is now seeing patients at Texas Breast Specialists–Methodist Charlton Cancer Center and Methodist Dallas Cancer Center. Dr. Jacobbe discusses a myth she would like to dispel when it comes to breast cancer and shares something she’s always wanted to do but hasn’t yet.

What inspired you to specialize in breast surgical oncology?

Breast surgical oncology was a calling from the moment I decided I wanted to be a surgeon, which was during my freshmen year of high school. I watched a televised surgery of a woman undergoing a mastectomy for breast cancer and was inspired by the patient and the surgeons providing the care. I love so many things about this field and find myself inspired daily.

A diagnosis of breast cancer can be incredibly overwhelming. I have the privilege of providing support to those who need help the most. I enjoy connecting with my patients in those moments and making them feel heard, cared for, and safe.

What is a myth you would like to dispel about breast cancer?

I would like to dispel the myth that a mastectomy will eliminate the possibility of breast cancer recurrence. Regardless of surgical choice, there is a risk of breast cancer recurrence. I am a proponent of breast conservation in any case where it is appropriate and safe. There are times when a mastectomy is recommended. However, if given a choice between breast conservation and mastectomy, both will successfully remove the breast cancer and the risk of recurrence is about the same. If I can recommend breast conservation and that is the patient’s preference, then we will work together to develop a plan to achieve that goal.

How has your specialty shaped who you are?

I don’t think my specialty shaped who I am. I think who I am shaped how I practice my specialty. I have always been an empathetic and compassionate “trailblazer” who is interested in others’ lives and how I can best support them. In this specialty and in life, there is no “one size fits all.” This has led me to tailor every treatment plan to be patient-specific and provide the best, cutting-edge care for my patients.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

Outside of work, I enjoy traveling with my family, going to my son’s swim meets, and wine tasting.

What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t yet?

I would love to become a sommelier. However, after watching the documentary “Somm,” I think their test may be more stressful than my board exams.

What is your most memorable year to-date and why?

My most memorable year was 2020. It was the year I met and became engaged to my now husband.

Do you prefer coffee or tea?

Coffee. Definitely coffee. That being said, I do drink tea quite often, too. But if given the choice, coffee will always win out.

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