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Dr. Sarah S Schaefer has the following 2 specialties
- Surgical Oncology
Surgical oncologists play various roles in treating cancer. They can perform biopsies to determine if a tumor is cancerous or not. If it is, they’re trained to remove the tumor, tissue, and in some cases, all or part of an organ or bodily structure where the cancer has spread. In addition to removing cancer, they can perform any reconstructive surgeries that may be necessary.
Many surgical oncologists specialize in certain types of cancer, such as liver, lung or breast. Don’t be afraid to ask them what they have the most experience treating. When looking for a doctor, it’s important to know that general surgeons are also qualified to perform many of the same surgeries. However, surgical oncologists have specific training in recognizing and treating cancer, which some patients prefer.
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I was originally diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer - according to Dr. Schaefer the most common type. Easy fix - double mastectomy with treatment and reconstructive surgery. I asked her if she would be sending me for a PET or any other type of scans to see if the cancer was just in the breast. The answer I received is that it wasn't necessary and the insurance would probably not pay for it. This was the answer I received even before the insurance company was contacted, which by the way if you have BCBS you don't need pre-authorization for any testing. I agreed thinking she is the doctor and she knows best. Dr. Schaefer then scheduled me for surgery. About 2 weeks later I started to experience pain in my lower back, I called Dr. Schaefer's office and that is when they sent me for a full body bone scan and a CAT scan of my Abdomen and Pelvis. The following Monday I received a PHONE CALL from Dr. Schaefer to tell me that she has cancelled my surgery. When I asked why she said because you now have Stage 4 Breast Cancer - the cancer had spread to my bones, lungs, and lymph nodes. She called me with this news - never asked me where I was - if I was driving, at the store - nothing. Then hung up like I was nobody. I've never heard from her again. My advice stay far away from this Doctor - she is not only unprofessional, but a heartless person.
Dr. Schaefer is one of the most caring, compassionate Drs. I have ever gone to. When I heard that I had breast cancer, my whole world was turned upside down. Dr. Schaefer spent an enormous amount of time with my husband and me, thoroughly explaining every step of the way and answering each and every question we had with the outmost of respect. Dr. Schaefer goes above and beyond what most Top Drs. do. She thinks nothing of calling her patients at night to give them good results from their lab work or test results. One night I received a call from Dr. Schaefer at my house and she prefaced the conversation by saying, "I know I'm seeing you tomorrow morning at 8:30 but I didn't want you to have to wait any longer than you needed to for your test results!" I felt 100% confident with Dr. Schaefer from the first day and now 5 months later. Dr. Schaefer is known in the field for having great margins and I am so grateful that I found her. During my 6 weeks of radiation with Dr. Grann (another fabulous Dr!), I met lots of patients who had their surgery at Sloan Kettering and they were so unhappy with the lack of time their Drs. spent with them. They all said that they felt it was run like a factory. One Dr. told her patient "I'm not here to hold your hand!" WOW! Thank you Dr. Schaefer for your expertise
Top 10 Doctor - City (2014)
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Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2015, 2011, 2016)
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Patients' Choice Award (2013, 2014, 2011)
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29 Years Experience
New York University School Of Medicine
Graduated in 1989
New York University
Dr. Sarah S Schaefer accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna Choice POS Open Access
- Aetna HMO
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
- First Health PPO
- Horizon BCBS OMNIA - TIER1
- Horizon Direct Access
- Horizon HMO
- Horizon OMNIA
- Horizon POS
- Horizon PPO
- Humana Choice POS
- Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
- Oxford Freedom
- Oxford Health Garden State
- Oxford Liberty
- Oxford Metro
- UHC Choice Plus POS
- UHC Navigate HMO
- UHC Navigate POS
- UHC Options PPO
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Locations & DirectionsSaint Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center, 200 S Orange Ave, Livingston, NJ
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