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Dr. Steve Martinez

Breast Surgery
Everett, WA
29 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
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: The thyroid hormone levels can go from high to normal to low. A common condition that can do this is hashimoto's thyroiditis. Ask an endocrinologist ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Want it all: I don't think it is realistic to expect mole removal will not result in a scar. If the mole is surgically excised, this will always produce a scar. ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Some: Some cancers are genetic and run in families while others are sporadic and just randomly occur.
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
A guess: Melanomas can behave quite differently. Some can stay relatively dormant for years, while others grow like wild fire. I would estimate that a superf... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Look around: If you smoke, drink alcohol in excess of 2 drinks daily, are overweight, have a history of hepatitis, or have multiple family members with similar typ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
No: I do not know a relationship between hyperthyroidism and bladder infections.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Rare indeed: Melanoma, when it has metastasized to the esophagus, may cause pain with swallowing that can be interpreted as heartburn. This is an uncommon site of... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
6 weeks: I'm not exactly sure what type of surgery you had, but in general most wounds have healed and inflammation has resolved in 6 weeks.
A male asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Win-win: Having the surgery is much less dangerous than not having the surgery, particularly if your obstruction is a complete or nearly complete blockage.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Ask: It would be impractical for surgeons to list all procedures that they are qualified to perform. The first step i would suggest is to ask your doctor ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Big thyroid: A goiter is an enlargement of the thyroid gland. Sometimes they cause no symptoms. If the goiter is large enough, it can cause a visible lump in your... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Scar tissue: If you had some skin removed from your scalp in this area, the resulting scar will often not support hair growth. You indicate that it is not yet hea... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
No: No it's not. Everyone has smelly gas, whether they have cancer or not.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Possibilities: If you are concerned about your risk of cancer due to several members of your family having had breast cancer, it would be worthwhile going over your ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Inflammation: Edema is swelling. This can be caused by inflammation brought on by inflammation, infection, or poor blood supply.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Depends: Any woman is at risk for breast cancer. The average woman has about a 12% risk of getting breast cancer in her lifetime. You may be at increased risk... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: Your doctor can perform a bronchoscopy with an ultrasound to see the mass that needs to be biopsiesd in the lung. A thin needle is used to perform th... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: Microcalcifications, unusual shape, increased blood flow, associated abnormal lymph nodes, and growth beyond the thyroid capsule are all signs of a th... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Decisions: It would be a good idea to have a dermatologist examine the moles on your scalp, but they do not necessarily need to removed unless they are suspiciou... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Sign: Color variegation in a mole is not a good sign, in general. I would recommend that you have this mole evaluated by a dermatologist very soon.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Ask the operator: Neither your father's gastroenterologist nor primary care doctor should make the decision of whether or not he needs an operation. Neither of them wi... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Common: Thyroid nodules are quite common particularly in women. Unless you nodule is greater than 1 cm or associated with concerning ultrasound findings such ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Signs and symptoms: A lump that is associated with skin puckering or dimpling, nipple inversion, bloody nipple discharge, or palpable bulky underarm lymph nodes is highly... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Can't fix: Klatskin tumors are rarely able to be removed with surgery. This, along with your father's likely poor overall health likely rule out surgery. Simila... Read More
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
CDC: Cdc guidelines also suggest 3 consecutive stool samples be checked for blood each year and a flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years. In general, colon c... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
No worries: This is not uncommon and you should not be worried.
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
No problem: In all likelihood, this should not be an issue. Tumor markers are generally not recommended for patients with a history of breast cancer, primarily b... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Patch work: A skin graft involves taking skin from one area of the body and transplanting it to another part, usually to help cover or close a wound. The graft c... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Rare breast cancer: Medullary carcinoma of the breast represents a small proportion of breast cancers (3-5%). These tumors are typicaly larger, of higher grade, and are ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Not unusual: A number of patients (15-20%) will have urine ketones in response to the stress of surgery alone. In addition, the post op period is commonly one of ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: Ultrasound is a great tool for finding tumors. It is noninvasive, painless, and can be easily repeated. It is excellent for assessing the thyroid gla... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Recurrence: This may be an area of residual thyroid tissue or may represent spread to lymph nodes in the central neck region, the most common area for thyroid can... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Dose dependent: The risk of cancer is related to the degree of radiation exposure. The dose from diagnostic ct scans is not insignificant, but keep in mind that you ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Many disguises: I have seen melanoma spread nearly everywhere you can imagine, and the site of metastasis dictates the symptoms that may occur. Common sites include ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Surgery: Angiosarcoma of the liver is a tough one. I would suggest that you meet with a surgical oncologist at a national cancer institute sanctioned comprehe... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Pregnancy: A woman's breasts will become larger during pregnancy and while lactating after giving birth. While this is completely nonsurgical, it may not be wha... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: Melanoma metastasis can be asymptomatic, particularly if the metastatic sites are small in size and few in number. Without treatment, it will progress... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Obvious: There could be pain from a trapped nerve, a recurrent hernia, or an infection leading to swelling, redness and warmth.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Yes and yes: Both throat and thyroid cancer can spread to the central neck lymph nodes, which are essentially next to the thyroid bed. Smoking and alcohol use wil... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Some masses: Some masses look benign on mammogram (like fibroadenoma or cysts) and do not need a biopsy, particularly if they have been unchanged over time.
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Surgery: Now that your thyroid is causing you symptoms, i would advise you to consult with a surgeon about having your thyroid gland removed.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Young guy: You're a young guy to be having gallbladder problems. Unfortunately, this tells me that you have potentially many years left to have recurrent gallbl... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Common: Papillary thyroid cancers commonly metastasize to neck lymph nodes, but these tend to be less significant than they are for other types of cancer. Pap... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Not common: Teens can have all the thyroid conditions that older people have, but these conditions are much more rare among teens. Isolated benign nodules, multi... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Step one: Step one of treatment is to identify the cause. This should begin with a complete interview of your health history and physical examination. Based on... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Thick: Melanomas are considered thin when they are less than 1 mm thick and they are considered thick when they are greater than 4 mm thick. If your melanom... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Not related: Well, we all have a chance of developing cancer based upon our family history/genetics and environmental exposures. So if your question is whether th... Read More
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Need to find out: It means you are bleeding from your intestine, possibly your colon. This could be due to benign causes like diverticula disease or due to cancer. If a... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
No way: That sounds like a bad idea to me.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
Other way: It's the other way around: constipation leads to straining that can cause hemorrhoids. Treatment is directed at taking care of the constipation so tha... 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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