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About MarginProbe®

What if surgery got cancer in the first try? With MarginProbe, surgeons can assess the tissue in the operating room to give them greater confidence that they successfully removed all the cancer in the first lumpectomy surgery.

 

MarginProbe Overview

Dr. Christina Casteel, MD

General Surgeon – Sharp Hospital, San Diego

 

What is MarginProbe?

Dr. Stephanie Akbari, MD

Breast Oncologist, Director of Applied Surgical Technology – Inova Health Systems

 

What are clean margins and why are they important?

Dr. Alice Police, MD

Breast Cancer Surgical Oncologist – UC Irvine Medical Center

How It Works

 

MARGINPROBE OVERVIEW

With MarginProbe, surgeons can identify positive margins in real-time on the lumpectomy specimen enabling them to take additional tissue during the first lumpectomy surgery.

The technology uses radio-frequency (RF) electrical fields to probe the tissue in order to identify any cancer that may be remaining on the surface of the tissue removed from the breast. If MarginProbe identifies cancer on the surface of the tissue the surgeon will remove additional tissue from the breast at the time of surgery.

MARGINS MATTER

The question “Did we get all the cancer?” weighs on every surgeon and patient’s mind for days after surgery until they receive the final pathology report.  The goal of every lumpectomy is to get clean or clear margins.  This means to remove the cancerous tissue with a small rim of normal tissues surrounding it, called the margin. With MarginProbe, surgeons have greater confidence that they can get clean margins in the first lumpectomy procedure.  Watch the videos to learn more about how surgeons get clean margins in the operating room.

 

Why are clean margins important?

Dr. Charles Elboim, MD

Medical Director – St. Joseph Breast Center, Santa Rosa

 

How do you get clean margins in the operating room?

Dr. Stephanie Akbari, MD

Breast Oncologist, Director of Applied Surgical Technology – Inova Health Systems

 

What are the different tools and methods to help a surgeon get clean margins in the first surgery?

Dr. Michele Carpenter, MD

Breast Surgeon, Medical Director – St. Joseph’s Hospital

IS MARGINPROBE RIGHT FOR ME?

Depending on your cancer diagnosis, your doctor will recommend a lumpectomy or a mastectomy to treat your cancer.    If your cancer is being treated with a lumpectomy then MarginProbe can give you greater confidence that your surgeon will remove all the cancer in your first surgery.  Watch the videos to learn more about how patients benefit from MarginProbe.

 

Choosing between a lumpectomy and mastectomy.

Dr. Stephanie Akbari, MD

Medical Director – Reinsch Pierce Family Center for Breast Health

 

Which patients are suited for MarginProbe?

Dr. Stephanie Akbari, MD

Breast Oncologist, Director of Applied Surgical Technology – Inova Health Systems

 

How does MarginProbe help with a lumpectomy?

Dr. Alice Police, MD

Breast Cancer Surgical Oncologist – UC Irvine Medical Center

 

How to talk to your doctor about MarginProbe.

Dr. Stephanie Akbari, MD

Breast Oncologist, Director of Applied Surgical Technology – Inova Health Systems

TREATING DCIS

Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) can be a challenge for a surgeon to identify during surgery because it doesn’t form a lump so the surgeon can’t feel or see it.  MarginProbe has been proven to be equally as effective in identifying DCIS as it is in identifying invasive cancers.  Watch the videos to learn more about DCIS and how surgeons overcome the challenges with DCIS during surgery.

 

What is DCIS?

Dr. Michele Carpenter, MD

Breast Surgeon, Medical Director – St. Joseph’s Hospital

 

How do you get clean margins with DCIS?

Dr. Stephanie Akbari, MD

Breast Oncologist, Director of Applied Surgical Technology – Inova Health Systems

 

Is it harder to have clean margins with DCIS?

Dr. Michele Carpenter, MD

Breast Surgeon, Medical Director – St. Joseph’s Hospital

 

Why is DCIS more challenging than invasive cancer?

Dr. Christina Casteel, MD

General Surgeon – Sharp Hospital, San Diego

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