second-look surgery


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second-look surgery

Surgery some months after the original operation for cancer to detect possible recurrences. Second-look procedures are also performed on a more immediate basis, e.g., within hours of the initial surgery, when vascular injuries created by the initial operation or condition are suspected. Occasionally an endoscopic second look may be performed instead of an open surgical procedure.
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Historically up to 50% of women with negative second-look surgery results actually have a recurrence of cancer.
Second-look surgery helps the physician determine how well a patient has responded to chemotherapy and whether drug treatment should be discontinued.
Caption: Figure 2: Second-look surgery five days after the primary surgery of the third patient with no indication of new adhesions.
PET did not appear to be a good alternative for second-look surgery due to poor predictive value in this setting, Dr.

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