New Breast Cancer Technology Helps Simplify Treatment
Breast cancer patients in the Midland now have access to a new option when preparing for breast cancer surgery. Magseed®, offered at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland, is a simpler, more effective alternative to the traditional wire localization methods that have been used for more than 30 years. The Magseed marker is smaller than a grain of rice. (Image enlarged by 2x magnification).
Breast cancer patients in the Midland now have access to a new option when preparing for breast cancer surgery. Magseed®, offered at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland, is a simpler, more effective alternative to the traditional wire localization methods that have been used for more than 30 years.
“Patients who have had the Magseed placed are amazed at how quick and relatively painless it is,” said Lindsay M. Zeeb, M.D., a radiologist at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland. “It’s a step in the right direction in improving care for our patients.”
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women, with 1.7 million new cases of breast cancer globally every year. Improvements in breast cancer screening and better public awareness mean that cancer is now being caught at an earlier stage and the tumors are smaller and harder to feel. In these cases, a radiologist needs to localize the tumor for the surgeon prior to the surgery. This was traditionally done using a wire.
The wire had to be placed by the radiologist on the same day as the surgery, which meant a longer time spent at the hospital for the patient and a longer time of fasting before the surgery. MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland has chosen to move away from traditional wire localization for these reasons.
Magseed is smaller than a grain of rice and can be placed into the tumor any time prior to surgery. Once implanted, the seed produces no discomfort, stays in place and patients are not restricted in their movement or activity. During surgery, the seed is detected with a probe which guides accurate removal of the tumor and allows the surgeon to select the best surgical approach. This new technology provides more accurate removal of cancerous tissue, ensuring that healthier tissue can be left behind for a better cosmetic result.
"Magseed should improve the patient experience compared to the wire technique. The wire technique requires patients to arrive at least two hours before their surgery time and requires them to travel between two buildings on the day of surgery,” explains Breast Surgeon, Kelly Wirsing, M.D., medical director of MidMichigan’s Breast Health Program. “The Magseed technique reduces the time at the hospital on the day of surgery."
MidMichigan Health offers a complete approach to breast health, including 3D mammography at all locations, breast risk assessment, screenings and genetic counseling as well as compassionate, comprehensive treatment options. Those who would like additional information on MidMichigan’s comprehensive breast health program and cancer treatment may visit www.midmichigan.org/breast.