Using 3D imagery to improve breast cancer surgery

October 8, 2014

Dr. Angel Arnaout has been awarded an Innovation Grant from the Canadian Cancer Society to examine the most accurate way to assess cancer removal after surgery. This first-of-its-kind study could lead to significantly improved outcomes for thousands of women undergoing breast cancer surgery, as well as improve surgical practices for other types of cancer. Dr. Arnaout has received $130,000 for a study that uses three-dimensional technology to determine the most precise procedure to assess cancer removal after surgery, which could mean less chance of recurrence, fewer repeat surgeries and less stress on patients. Each year, more than 23,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Canada and most will require surgery. Current methods to assess surgical margins are inconsistent, ambiguous, imprecise and widely varied. Incomplete surgical removal of cancer is the main cause for recurrence in breast cancer. Read the news release.

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