Almost a quarter of breast conservation ops lead to further surgery

November 13, 2014 8:10 AM

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In their study, published by JAMA Surgery, the authors suggest that a lack of consensus on sufficient margin width - the distance between the tumor and the edge of the surrounding tissue that is removed during surgery - leads to variable rates of re-excision and the possibility of repeat or additional operations.

"Until recently, no nationally or internationally accepted guidelines for an adequate margin width for invasive or noninvasive breast cancer have been available," write the authors. "This lack of a consensus has led to variable rates of re-excision and ranges in rates of 0% to 60%."

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