Service at University of Michigan reduces repeat surgeries in breast cancer patients
Feb 29, 2012
A new imaging service offered at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center has been deemed successful, according to MD News. The service allows pathologists to look at tumors and lymph nodes of breast cancer patients on-site.
By having the pathologist on hand, they are able to examine the tumor and lymph nodes while the patient and surgeon are still in the operating room. The pathologist can then advise the surgeon about possibly removing more of the tumor. This cut the number of repeat surgeries by 64 percent, according to the media outlet.
"Establishing an intraoperative pathology consultation service is feasible, highly efficient and extremely beneficial to patients, surgeons and reducing the costs of cancer care," Dr. Michael Sabel, associate professor of surgery at the school, told the news source.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will eventually be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. Not only is it the second most common form of cancer among women behind skin cancer, but it is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer.