New technique offers new option for breast cancer patients
Jan 30, 2012
A new technique may offer an alternative option to breast cancer patients who have undergone radiation therapy. The technique, which was developed by researchers from the University Hospital "A. Gemelli" in Rome, consists of a fat injection prior to an implant placement.
The researchers studied 16 patients over a three-year period and discovered that the fat grafting technique not only received overall appearance satisfaction by the patients at 94 percent, but also had no reported complications. Even though it is just in the preliminary stages of the research, those involved have high hopes.
"Fat grafting seems to reduce the radiation-induced complications in implants," Dr. Salgarello Marzja and coauthors conclude. "However, larger studies with a longer follow-up are required to confirm our findings."
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer. However, the death rate has been decreasing since 1990 due to advancements in research and breakthrough breast cancer news. There are currently 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.