RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - VCU Massey Cancer Center is the first hospital in the region to use a new FDA-approved device to remove breast tumors.
The device - named Magseed - "is a simpler, more effective alternative to traditional wire localization methods," Massey Cancer Center said in a news release.
According to the center, about half of breast tumors are not felt by touch at the time of a diagnosis.
"In these cases, a technique called wire localization has traditionally been used to help mark the tumor for surgeons to remove during a lumpectomy," the Massey Cancer Center said. "Wire localization involves a thin wire being inserted into the tumor by a radiologist, who uses a mammogram, breast ultrasound or breast MRI as a guide."
This process commonly causes complications, the center said. This is where Magseed can help.
"Magseed provides a more accurate target for the surgeon and a more comfortable and convenient procedure for the patient," said surgical oncologist Kandace McGuire. "It's a win-win when we can offer both a better patient experience and better surgical outcomes."
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McGuire says she predicts Magseed will become the new standard of care everywhere.
"I'm proud that Massey is helping to pioneer this advancement," she said.
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