New equipment a cancer boost
BREAST treatment at Hillingdon Hospital has been ‘significantly transformed’ by the introduction of new equipment, bosses say.
The technology allows radiologists to remove benign lumps within minutes, without requiring intrusive surgery or leaving scars.
The treatment, formally known as ‘vacuum excision of benign breast lesions under ultrasound guidance’, involves making a small incision and using a needle probe to remove any abnormal breast tissue, until it no longer shows up on ultrasound.
The procedure could previously only be performed with open surgery and under general anaesthetic, meaning patients had to be admitted to the hospital to allow for recovery time.
Dr Emma Hughes, a radiology consultant at the hospital, in Pield Heath Road, said: “The procedure so far has been well accepted by patients and avoids the requirement for day admission and general anaesthesia.
“It is also managed completely by the radiology team, which frees up time and resources for The Team.”
The technique is being adopted by a growing number of hospitals across the UK, but has still not become standard practice.
Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, said that in addition to the patient benefits, the procedure also saved time and money, allowing for investment back into other services.