Breast cancer. Those three short syllables can alter someone’s entire world and impact the lives of everyone they love.
When facing the diagnosis of breast cancer, it’s vital to have the knowledge and skill of an experienced surgeon, but also the comfort and assurance of a support team that will be there every step of the way. Central Florida cancer patients have been finding this remarkable combination under the care of David M. McFaddin, MD, PA, of Ocala General Surgery since 1988.
Raised in Florida, Dr. McFaddin received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of South Florida and spent five years of surgical training with the United States Army before opening his own practice. He and his family have called Ocala home for nearly 23 years.
Although Dr. McFaddin’s practice is not limited to breast cancer, at least one-third of his patients are battling some stage of the disease. He also specializes in gallbladder removal, hernia repair, and colon surgery.
At Ocala General Surgery, Dr. McFaddin and his staff create a warm and compassionate atmosphere that is intensely patient-focused.
“We spend a lot of time talking with each person, making sure to explain every aspect of what is happening,” he notes. “When it comes to surgery and treatment, we have all the latest modalities.”
This includes breast conservation therapy, whenever possible. In fact, Dr. McFaddin, who has specialized in treating breast cancer since 1980, was one of the first doctors in the area to offer accelerated partial breast irradiation. This procedure utilizes catheters to target radiation directly to the area where cancerous tissue was removed. Not only does this mean a shorter duration of treatment, but the patient’s body is exposed to far less radiation than with traditional therapy.
Breast cancer surgical options have improved greatly in recent years and Ocala General Surgery offers the most up-to-date procedures. Among them is the sentinel lymph biopsy, which allows the surgeon to thoroughly check lymph nodes to see if cancer has spread. Because this technique is less invasive that other biopsy methods, the patient experiences less pain.
A former president of the Marion County Medical Society, Dr. McFaddin is pleased to participate in the area’s We Care program, which provides complimentary care to patients who fall in the gap between Medicaid and private insurance.
“I became a surgeon because you get a sense of immediate gratification from helping people heal,” says Dr. McFaddin. “There are so many things that are rewarding in this work because cancer not only affects the individual, but all of the people in that patient’s life.”
L-R: Pam Hensley, front desk/receptionist; Charity Arnold, doctor’s assistant; Dr. McFaddin; and Amber Lloyd, surgery coordinator
Not Pictured: Lynda McFaddin, office manager
Ocala General Surgery
2301 SE 3rd Avenue
Bldg. 100, Suite B
Ocala, FL 34471
Accepting new patients, most insurances accepted