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Advancing Treatment: Five New Breast Cancer Surgery Innovations

Breast cancer surgery plays a pivotal role in combating breast cancer by removing cancerous tissue and preventing its spread. With continuous advancements in medical technology, the landscape of breast cancer surgery is constantly evolving. Here, we highlight five innovative approaches revolutionising breast cancer care and treatment.

Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT)

Traditional radiation therapy typically involves multiple sessions spread over several weeks. Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT) offers a more convenient alternative by delivering a concentrated dose of radiation directly to the cancerous tissue during surgery. This approach reduces treatment time, minimises radiation exposure to healthy tissue, and enhances cosmetic outcomes.

Oncoplastic Surgery

Oncoplastic surgery merges cancer removal with plastic surgery techniques to achieve optimal aesthetic results. By combining cancer removal with breast reshaping, oncoplastic surgery addresses both the physical and emotional aspects of breast cancer treatment, resulting in a more pleasing outcome for patients.

Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

Sentinel lymph node biopsy represents a less invasive alternative to traditional lymph node biopsy. By identifying and removing only the first lymph node(s) likely to be affected by cancer spread, this technique reduces the number of lymph nodes removed and the associated risks. It provides accurate cancer staging while minimising side effects.

Magnetic Seed Localisation

Traditional Wire Localisation for tumour removal can be uncomfortable and prone to displacement. Magnetic Seed Localisations offer a more precise and patient-friendly alternative. A tiny magnetic seed is placed in the breast before surgery, allowing for accurate localisation using a handheld magnetic probe, enhancing surgical accuracy and patient comfort.

Intraoperative Imaging

Intraoperative Imaging allows surgeons to assess tumour margins and surrounding tissue in real-time during surgery. This real-time feedback enables more precise cancer removal, reducing the need for repeat surgeries and improving overall patient outcomes.

These innovations in breast cancer surgery are revolutionising treatment approaches and enhancing patient outcomes. However, it’s essential to recognise that not all techniques may be suitable for every patient or cancer type.

Breast cancer surgery continues to advance with the help of cutting-edge technologies and innovative approaches. These five advancements represent significant progress in the fight against breast cancer, emphasising the importance of ongoing research and development in this field.

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