Of 57 hospitals that had the highest number of patients, the proportion of failed breast conservation surgery
in these hospitals ranged from 3% to 32%, while the proportion of mastectomies for small tumours ranged from 0% to 60%.
The study, published in the journal Cancer, revealed that women who had breast conservation surgery
were 13 per cent more likely to survive the illness.
Today, breast conservation surgery
aims to excise tumors completely, along with a rim of surrounding healthy tissue.
The study, "A Safety and Efficacy Study of Intra-Operative Radiation Therapy (IORT) Using the Xoft Axxent eBx System at the Time of Breast Conservation Surgery
for Early-Stage Breast Cancer," is a prospective, multi-center, historical control trial.
Another study that was presented at the meeting, A single institution's randomized double armed prospective study of lumpectomy margins with adjunctive use of the MarginProbe in nonpalpable breast cancers, 46 patients who elected breast conservation surgery
(BCS) enrolled in the study.
Of the 583 who underwent breast conservation surgery
and radiation therapy for DCIS, most received 50 Gy of radiation in 25 fractions, and 21% received a boost.
Breast conservation surgery
remains an option in many cases of breast cancer diagnosed in high-risk predisposition gene carriers.
The Company's focused heat treatment, once commercialized, may be in a position to help breast cancer patients to improve their chance of receiving breast conservation surgery
, thus reducing the need for mastectomy.
I believe SAVI SCOUT will allow us to safely and effectively refine the process of breast conservation surgery
while increasing patient satisfaction.