Dr. Steve Martinez

Breast Surgery
Everett, WA
30 years experience male

Locations

The Everett Clinic and Providence Regional Cancer Partnership

Everett, WA

Address

1330 Rockefeller Avenue, Suite 120, Everett, WA, US
Directions

Insurances accepted

Aetna

UnitedHealthcare

About

Bio

I a surgical oncologist with broad training and experience in all types of cancer and endocrine surgery. The bulk of my practice centers around the treatment of breast cancer, skin and soft tissue tumors, and benign and cancerous conditions of the thyroid and parathyroid glands. My research similarly focuses on these areas.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Breast Surgery

Surgery - Oncology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

370 Answers
491 Agrees
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Not successful: You could treat a hand tumor with homeopathic treatments, but it would not be successful. Why not use a combination of traditional and homeopathic med... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Old school: An ultrasound is absolutely not required to diagnose appendicitis. An "old school" but effective approach to make the diagnosis is to listen to the pa... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Basic labs: The quickest and best overall test to diagnose hyper or hypothyroidism is the thyroid stimulating hormone or TSH test. A low value means hyperthyroid... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
It depends: Removal of the appendix, or appendectomy, can take as little as half an hour or as much as three. It all depends on the severity of the infection and... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Three kinds: There are three kinds of hyperparathyroidism: primary, secondary, and tertiary. Primary is most common and is due to one or more parathyroid glands i... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: Your prostate is outside of the colon and rectum and will not cause difficulty with a colonoscopy.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
No worries: The skin graft will often appear to darken once it has "taken root" and established a blood supply. Part of this is due to discoloration from the mul... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Anytime: You should be able to fly whenever you feel capable of travel.
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: You may do so safely, without any worry.
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A member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Call now: You may have a hematoma--a collection of old blood built up from the time of surgery--or your surgery site may be bleeding. In any case, it is a good... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Hormone elevation: Hyperthyroidism is abnormally elevated levels of thyroid hormone. This may cause symptoms of high heart rate, palpitations, sweats, tremors, diarrhea,... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Breast removal: A mastectomy is complete removal of all visible breast tissue. Different variations exist, some of which spare some or all of the skin and nipple.
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A female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Answers: Unless you contracted a sexually transmitted disease when you lost your virginity, it is unlikely that your first sexual experience has made you infer... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Brain & leukemia: Among kids getting scanned, leukemia and excess brain tumors are most common.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Check it out: This is most likely an allergic reaction, possibly to the soap/prep solution used to clean your abdomen prior to surgery. An over the counter dose of... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Depends: If you have had an inverted nipple your whole life, then the section is yours and is based upon appearance only. There is nothing medically wrong or ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Inform: Tell your doctor. In most cases, this will not influence your surgery at all.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Oncologists: Radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, and surgical oncologists mainly work with cancer patients. Cancer is not contagious, so we don't need to ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Vomiting: Vomiting can be a sing of advanced ovarian cancer, but if you have no history of cancer, i'd start with a visit to your doctor to rule out some more c... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Sound waves not xray: A thyroid ultrasound uses sound waves rather than x rays to take a picture of the thyroid gland, blood vessels and lymph nodes in the neck. It is an e... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Needs evaluation: While this could be benign, a couple of things you said about the lump made me concerned: it is large and it is hard. An experienced surgeon who deal... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Surgery: Surgery is the only way a parathyroid tumor can be cured.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
History: No tests: if you are hyperthyroid, your engine is running hot and you have a fast heart beat, palpitations, sweats, tremors, are hot, and can have dia... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
One difference: The difference is that mr. Jackson wa not being monitored while he received the drug. You will be monitored and observed during and after your colonos... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Many symptoms: The list is long: bone pain, osteopenia, osteoporosis, bone fractures, osteogenesis fibrosis cystica, kidney stones, kidney failure, pancreatitis, abd... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Hat wig shave: I suppose you could shave all the hair off, cover your head with a hat, or wear a toupee.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Infection : Several studies have shown that a bowel prep, along with IV antibiotics at the time of surgery decrease the risk of post-operative infection.
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A female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Suspect these: I suspect that these may be either comedones (blackheads) or sebaceous cysts. However, it is possible that they could be abnormal moles or even a typ... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Not normal: A mole should not itch, burn, bleed, or weep fluid. It should never be painful. If it is any if these, please seek the attention if a physician to bi... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Size and location: Your surgeon could possibly know this information, depending on the size and location of the tumor. Your surgeon may ask the pathologist to assess whe... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
4 to 6: You should wait about 4-6 weeks to avoid damage to the area and bleeding.
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A member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Next step: The next step once a lump in the breast is felt is proving that it is not cancer. This will require an examination by your doctor and possibly additi... Read More
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Many possibilities: A serum calcium of 10.9 is not far out of the normal range. High calcium that is related to calcium is usually quite a bit higher. I would recommend... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Possibilities: It is possible to have a swollen lymph node in this region (called occipital nodes). It could also be a cyst such as an epidermal or sebaceous cyst. ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Least likely: A tumor is not likely with these symptoms. Have your doctor check your blood pressure.
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A 81-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Unlikely: It is unlikely that you have caused any damage. Papillary thyroid cancer is usually quite slow-growing. Where was your site of metastasis?
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
None: In my opinion, you do not need rai treatments for papillary thyroid carcinoma of this size unless it is associated with extra capsular spread or lymph... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Repeat biopsy: A repeat biopsy is likely reasonable given your doctor's suspicion.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Signs: A lump is a lump, but a lump that is associated with skin puckering or dimpling, nipple inversion, bloody nipple discharge, or palpable bulky underarm... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Daily: Daily nasal irritations with warm saline will minimize symptoms.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Talk: You should talk with your surgeon prior to your operation. Your surgeon will tell you everything you need to know about how to prepare for surgery. ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Sorry: I'm sorry that your father had to deal with that disease. Most melanomas are not genetic, but most do occur in people with fair skin, light hair, and ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
It depends : It depends on the type of operation you had. In general though, you will spend some time awakening from anesthesia in a recovery room for an hour or t... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Definitely: Two types of hpv (hpv 16 and 18) cause about 70% of cervical cancers and can also cause cancers of the penis, vulva, and vagina. In addition, hpv 16 ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
No: No pain, no gain is a myth. Strength training should not hurt. If it does, stop!
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
NCI: Seek care at a national cancer institute designated comprehensive cancer center. This will give you the best access to available clinical trials. An... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Skin cancer: It sounds as if this may be a type of skin cancer, likely a squamous cell or basal cell carcinoma, but it could also be a melanoma. Please see your d... Read More
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A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Repeat: If the nodule grew 2cm since your last ultrasound, then i would surgically remove that part if your thyroid. If, however, your thyroid nodule grew an... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Wait a day: Most people have some level of sedation with their colonoscopy and it would not be ideal to mix alcohol with these medications. The bowel prep also c... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Reassured: I think it is a very low likelihood to be breast cancer. Breast cancer would present itself to you as a lump deeper in your breast, not as a dark spo... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Martinez is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Martinez is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Martinez is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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thanks very much but am i still go to the emergency with the same doctor that want to treatment or not and how can soneone knows if the surgery is emergency,thanka for ur advice but should i just go t...Read More
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thank you for your reply I will go to the doctors on Monday your right I don't feel right my pulse was 140 today
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Will do after I figure out how to advance my diet-been back & forth b/w full liquid &bland diet.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
Graduated 1997MD

Medical/Graduate school

Cornell University
Graduated 1993MD

Residency

SUNY Stony Brook University Hospital

Awards

Associate Professor of Surgery, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
Top Doctor, Second Place, Sacramento, CA - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Sacramento, CA - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Thyroid Association
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