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Surgical Margins: What you need to know

The goal of breast cancer surgery is to remove the cancer surrounded by a rim of normal tissue. The main challenge of breast cancer surgery is that some parts of the cancer might not be detectable during surgery using standard procedures. About 30% of women in the U.S. require multiple surgeries to completely remove breast cancer.

To increase the odds of success at the initial surgery, Dr. Holmes uses multiple maneuvers to maximize the odds of complete tumor removal, including:

Using a combination of these techniques, Dr. Holmes maintain among the highest success rates for cancer removal, with reoperation rates of ~5% among women undergoing lumpectomy surgery.

Dennis R. Holmes, M.D.

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