New equip­ment a can­cer boost

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­

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.



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