Mayo Breast Cancer Treatment Sees Success

Created: 04/09/2014 11:05 PM
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 News) --  A unique process that doctors at Mayo Clinic Hospital use when removing tumors in breast cancer patients is showing results.

In a new study, researchers say their technique of examining tissue during surgery means patients there are around 4 times less likely to require a second operation.

Doctors say getting it right the first time saves patients from unnecessary hardships.

"Obviously opening the incision delays the wound healing, increases risk for infection, and takes the patient away from work and away from their family and is associated with more stress and anxiety," Dr. Judy Boughey said.

Mayo doctors say they've been using this technique for nearly 100 years.