April 26th, 2013

Smaller margins too close for comfort in breast cancer

By Logan Lafferty

Small surgical margins can mean big trouble for patients with breast cancer, said investigators at the annual Society of Surgical Oncology Cancer Symposium.  A retrospective study of outcomes for 2,377 women who underwent either breast-conserving therapy or mastectomy revealed that margins less than 2 mm resulted in a substantial risk of residual disease for all patients, reported Dr. Erin Garvey, a general surgery resident at Mayo Clinic Arizona in Phoenix.

 

OBGYN News by Neil Osterweil

Tags: Breast Cancer, breast-conserving therapy, Dr. Erin Garvey, mastectomy, Mayo Clinic Arizona, OBGYN News, Research, small surgical margins, Society of Surgical Oncology Cancer Symposium

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