Baptist Health Paducah: Magseed for Breast Cancer Treatment
Magseed for Breast Cancer Treatment in Paducah, KY HealthTalks Transcript
Kristen Williams, MD, General Surgery:
MagSeed® is a device we use to find breast cancer in the operating room. Most women are diagnosed with breast cancer that is not palpable, as in we can’t feel it when we go to take it out. If they want a partial mastectomy or only the cancer removed from their breast, we have to have a way to find it in the operating room, and this is a minimally invasive way. The old way we used to do it was a wire that was actually placed in a woman’s breast. It was very uncomfortable, it was not as reliable, and it left a lot more room for human error.
Allison Simons, MD, Radiology:
MagSeed® allows us to place the localizer in the days prior to the surgery, which really expedites the surgical intervention on the day of — there’s no external piece. There’s nothing to get displaced or to be uncomfortable for the patient.
The benefits to patients are that it’s a much more comfortable procedure. It’s less painful. It takes less time the day of surgery. MagSeed® decreases anxiety around breast cancer surgery. I think when someone’s diagnosed with breast cancer, we have to treat both their physical well-being and their mental well-being. The ultimate goal is to treat a patient’s cancer, to take her cancer out and get her the treatment she needs, so she can move on with her life and not have to worry about it. Magseed® is an incredible new technology in terms of breast cancer care. This was only available in big cities a few years ago, and we already have it here. We’re doing things here that aren’t even being done at some major cancer operation centers. It’s pretty incredible.
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