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Dr Francois Malherbe

Breast and Endocrine Surgeon

Dr Francois Malherbe

Dr Francois Malherbe trained at the University of the Free State Medical School between 1993 and 1998. He spent ten years in general surgical training before joining the Breast and Surgical Endocrine Unit at Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town in 2014. He devotes most of his time to treating patients with breast disorders including benign breast problems and the treatment of breast cancer.

At Groote Schuur Hospital he is the clinical lead in the busy breast clinic and works as part of a multi-disciplinary team; to establish a firm diagnosis as well as personalising breast cancer treatment. He is an accomplished and recognised breast specialist who was instrumental in expanding the sentinel node service at Groote Schuur Hospital with the introduction of SentiMag. He did the first SentiMag guided sentinel node biopsy in South Africa and is actively involved in trying to improve the access to sentinel node biopsy throughout South Africa and Africa. He is passionate about access to sentinel node biopsy, breast conservation with an oncoplastic approach and the early diagnosis of breast cancer in symptomatic patients. At Groote Schuur Hospital he performs breast cancer surgery for more than 100 patients per year.

Dr Malherbe has lectured widely around South Africa and abroad and, is the author of several scientific papers on the evaluation and treatment of breast disease.

His ethos is that to achieve the very best results you must take the time to pay attention to every detail. His practice is designed to reflect this ideal and to remove the anxiety associated with breast-related symptoms. “When you are worried about a breast problem you need the very best in every aspect of your care. By selecting some of the top breast specialists to work with me and by accepting only the highest standards we hope to create a breast practice that is technically the most advanced in Cape Town, but with the compassion and the time that we know are vital to the management of any patient with a concern about their breasts."

Clinical Focus
• Early diagnosis of breast cancer in patients with breast symptoms.
• Screening, follow up and treatment of women with a high-risk family history of breast cancer.
• Treatment of all breast diseases.
• Non-nuclear medicine guided sentinel node biopsy.
• Localisation and removal of non-palpable early screen-detected breast cancers including DCIS.
• Breast conservation and oncoplastic breast surgery.
• Personalising breast cancer treatment.