ROCKFORD (WREX) — SwedishAmerican is giving breast cancer patients a more comfortable alternative to the guide-wire.
A guide-wire helps surgeons located the affected breast tissue in cancer patients.
SwedishAmerican is the first and only healthcare provider in the area to offer the new Magseed breast localization technology.
Approved by the FDA in October 2016, the Magseed is a five millimeter, magnetic and radiation-free implant marker. The device is placed by a radiologist up to 30 days before breast surgery using a relatively painless and quick outpatient procedure using a small needle and ultrasound. The device is then removed with the affected tissue at the conclusion of surgery.
Surgeons say there is another large factor that makes the Magseed a more effective tool than the guide-wire.
“We are able to reduce the times that we have to go back and remove more tissue,” says SwedishAmerican breast surgeon, Lacey Stelle. “So that’s called a re-excision, when all of the cancer is not removed on the first operation.”
Stelle says the use of the seed has decreased their re-excision rates to 10 percent rather than 20-30 percent with the wire.
Hospital representatives confirm that patients who’ve received the device say the experience is relatively painless and much more manageable than using the guide-wire.