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Breast-conserving surgery for breast cancer has been developed to accomplish two major goals: the achievement of tumor-free resection margins and prevention of local recurrence, and improved cosmetic …
Breast-conserving surgery for breast cancer has been developed to accomplish two major goals: the achievement of tumor-free resection margins and prevention of local recurrence, and improved cosmetic outcome with conservation of normal adjacent breast tissue.
The literature reports poor cosmetic outcomes in 20 – 40 % of patients after breast-conserving surgery, with the volume of the resected breast tissue being the major determinant specifically when the excision volume exceeds 85 cm3. Surgical resection of palpable breast cancer is performed with guidance by intra-operative palpation.
There are also two interesting videos about this topic to watch:
1) "Ultrasound guided surgery for palpable breast cancer dramatically improves surgical accuracy". In this video the VU Medical Center in Amsterdam demonstrates the technical aspects of the procedure using the premium mobile ultrasound system Viamo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08N4t6SXyjI
2) In this video, in Dutch, Dr. Nicole Krekel, plastic surgeon, talks about her research about "Advances in breast cancer surgery: The decisive role of intra-operative ultrasound": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4VV7xutL1I&feature=youtu.be