PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A tiny piece of technology is decreasing time in the hospital and increasing success rates for lumpectomies.
It’s a tiny reflector the size of a grain of rice that helps surgeons to accurately locate breast cancer tumors that can be hard to detect. It’s an alternative to the traditional practice of inserting a thin wire into the breast the same day as surgery.
The reflector can be placed a month before surgery.
Carolyn Sue Murray had the reflector placed before her breast cancer surgery.
“The new procedure made a whole lot more sense to me,” she said.
Doctors say the new technology localizes the cancer more accurately.
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