It’s All About the Margins

It’s All About the Margins

The New York Times reported on a recently published article from JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) focusing on the variability of re-excision rates for women undergoing breast conserving surgery for cancer in the US. Among all surgeons, the need for a second surgery (which is sometimes a mastectomy) ranges as high as 70%, with the average being about 25%. The authors note that there is no standardized method for surgical removal of breast cancers, and no agreed upon safe distance between the cancer edge and the tissue edge, and hence the marked variation in frequency of second surgeries among hospitals and surgeons.

Dr. Kennedy at DeKalb Surgical has been using a customized surgical instrument over the past 6 years as a method for standardizing the excision of breast cancers. He has recently been granted a US patent for a disposable version of this instrument. Using his instrument, he has consistently had a low re-excision rate, under 10%. Here’s a link for more information about the treatment of breast cancer on our website.