Skin Cancer

MedStar Health Cancer Network offers less instrusive lumpectomy procedure

MedStar Health Cancer Network offers less instrusive lumpectomy procedure

Before having surgery to remove a lump, breast cancer patients must undergo a procedure that typically involves inserting wires into the breast to mark the location of the lump. The process can be painful and make for a long day at the hospital.

Dr. Maen Farha, medical director of the Union Memorial Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital breast centers, has begun using less intrusive electromagnetic wave technology to locate and remove breast lumps not detectable by touch. He uses a device that provides “real-time guidance” to insert a reflector directly into the breast lump, according to MedStar Health Cancer Network.

The technology requires placing a 3-millimeter transmitter...

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