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Breast Conservation Surgery

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: Learn about new advancements in breast conservation surgery.
Air Date: 5/13/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Pat Whitworth, MD
Dr. Pat WhitworthDr. Pat Whitworth is a breast surgical oncologist and Director of the Nashville Breast Center. He has served as Vice Chair of the Breast Committee for the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, Chair of the Board of Directors for the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS, 2005-2008) and Chair of the Research Committee for the ASBrS. He is also a founder of Targeted Medical Education, dedicated to assisting key breast care leaders as they implement practice changing advances. Co-author of numerous articles on diagnosis, staging and therapeutic options in breast cancer, his research interests include targeted treatments based on tumor genomic analysis as well as image-guided, minimally invasive surgical techniques to diagnosis and manage breast cancer. He has served as Principal Investigator, investigator or co-investigator for numerous NCI and industry sponsored clinical trials. He completed medical school at the University of Tennessee, surgical residency at the University of Louisville and the Surgical Oncology Fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Breast Conservation Surgery
Breast conservation surgery is also known as lumpectomy. For a lumpectomy, the affected breast tissue is removed along with a small portion of healthy tissue surrounding the lump.

The survival rate for breast cancer patients is the same for lumpectomy as for mastectomy (complete breast removal).

A common technique for breast conservation involves inserting a wire in the breast to indicate the target for surgery. This can be very unsettling for the patient as she heads to the operating room.

SAVI Scout involves putting a marker in the center of the targeted tissue. This marker is located via radar. It makes it much easier to find and remove the lump. It's like finding a coin with a metal detector.

Listen in as Dr. Pat Whitworth discusses breast conservation surgery.

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