By the end of 2018, the American Cancer Society estimates there will be nearly 270,000 newly discovered breast cancer cases. In Illinois alone, about 10,000 individuals will be diagnosed with the disease.
The road from cancer diagnosis to treatment options can be long and exhausting. Dr. Roseanne Krinski, a surgeon at Advocate South Suburban Hospital specializing in breast surgery, said there is an easier way to do breast cancer surgery using wire-free radar technology.
The technique uses radar to precisely remove tumors, she explained. The process begins with a radiologist inserting into the targeted breast tissue a small device referred to as a reflector that is about the size of a grain of rice. Then, when it is time to remove the tissue, the surgeon scans the breast using a probe that emits a radar signal to find the reflector in the tissue. This allows for a highly targeted and precise removal of the cancerous tissue and reflector, Dr. Krinski said.
“I have had patients who have had a chance to compare the two procedures; the ladies who had wire localization in the past much prefer the new radar technology,” she noted. “It is more comfortable and allows the surgeon to achieve a more accurate measure of the distance surrounding the tumor.”
This technology comes with improved flexibility for the patient, as the radar device can be implanted up to a month before the surgical procedure to remove the tissue. Other benefits of radar localization include:
- The ability to locate tumors more precisely.
- An increased likelihood of completely removing cancerous tissue.
- An avoidance of patient discomfort, as no wire is inserted into the breast.
- A reduction in the need for follow-up surgeries.
- Improved outcomes with more strategic planning of incision.
The radar localization system was recently featured on the ABC-TV program “Good Morning America” as the 2018 cutting edge technology for breast cancer patients.
For additional information, call Advocate South Suburban Hospital at 708-799-8000.