Benign breast masses can be safely and effectively removed without surgery—using a vacuum assisted breast biopsy system, preliminary results of a study show
The study found that breast masses as large as 3 cm could be completely removed with just a small incision. The study included 24 patients, with 27 lesions, said Priscilla Slanetz, MD, director of breast imaging at Caritas St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston, MA, a teaching affiliate Tufts University School of Medicine.
The patients were of various ages, and they had various reasons for wanting the benign masses removed, said Dr. Slanetz. Some had a strong family history of breast cancer and they were uncomfortable with any mass in their breast. Others wanted the mass removed because a known benign mass was enlarging. Some women opted for the procedure over surgery as they were poor surgical candidates due to other health problems, said Dr. Slanetz.
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