Dr. Kennedy Presenting Two Abstracts at the Southeastern Surgical Association Meeting

Dr. Kennedy will be presenting two abstracts at the Southeastern Surgical Association meeting in Savannah in February 2014. The first is entitled “Use of a Cylindrical Device and Ultrasound to Decrease Positive Margins After Lumpectomy”. This presentation highlights the extremely low need for a second surgical procedure after breast cancer surgery on the basis of positive margins. Over the past fours years, using his customized cutting device, only about 4% of patients needed a second operation, and all patients successfully completed a course of breast conservation, with no need for mastectomy. For many US surgeons, as many as 25-30% of their patients will need a second surgery.

The second one is entitled ‘Is Partial Breast Irradiation Appropriate for African American Breast Cancer Patients?”. This presentation reviews Dr. Kennedy’s experience over the past 8 years with partial breast irradiation. His data demonstrates that, although in general African Americans are at higher risk for local recurrence after breast conservation, that partial breast irradiation results in comparably low local recurrence for African Americans over an average of 4 years of followup.