Influence of surgical technique on mastectomy and reexcision rates in breast-conserving therapy for cancer

Alison Unzeitig, Anne Kobbermann, Xian Jin Xie, Jingsheng Yan, David Euhus, Yan Peng, Venetia Sarode, Amy Moldrem, A. Marilyn Leitch, Valerie Andrews, Roshni Rao

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Introduction. Breast conserving surgery (BCS) requires tumor excision with negative margins. Reexcision rates of 30-50% are reported. Ultrasound localization, intraoperative margin pathology, and specimen mammography have reduced reexcisions, but require new equipment. Cavity shave margin (CSM) is a technique, utilizing existing equipment, that potentially reduces reexcision. This study evaluates CSM reexcision impact. Methods. 522 cancers treated with BCS were reviewed. Patients underwent standard partial mastectomy (SPM) or CSM. Data collected included demographics, pathology, and treatments. Results. 455 SPMs were compared to 67 CSMs. Analysis revealed no differences in pathology, intraductal component, or neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Overall reexcision rate = 43%. Most reexcisions were performed for DCIS at margin. SPMs underwent 213 reexcisions (46.8%), versus 16/67 (23.9%) CSMs (P = 0.0003). Total mastectomy as definitive procedure was performed after more SPMs (P = 0.009). Multivariate analysis revealed CSM, % DCIS, tumor size, and race to influence reexcisions. Conclusions. CSM is a technique that reduces reexcisions and mastectomy rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number725121
JournalInternational Journal of Surgical Oncology
Volume2012
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StatePublished - Sep 18 2012

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  • Surgery
  • Oncology

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