The radio guided occult lesion localisation or the Roll surgery has prolonged the life of a breast cancer patient in the national capital.
A team of surgeons and radiologists at the Mafraq Hospital in Abu Dhabi successfully performed their first Roll breast surgery on a 69-year-old Emirati patient recently.
The Roll surgery, which was invented in Italy in 1996 and is available in parts of Europe, Australia and South Africa, was not previously been performed in Abu Dhabi.
Roll is a valuable tool in the surgery of impalpable breast lesions detected by mammography or ultrasound.
Dr Giacomo Bertacchi, Consultant Radiologist, Department of Clinical Imaging, Mafraq Hospital said: “Our patient came in for a very technically challenging biopsy under mammography. She’d already tried to do have the biopsy elsewhere; she is a 69-year-old Emirati woman with diabetes, hypertension and a family history of breast cancer.”
The patient, who did not want her name to be disclosed, said that she had lived with the cancer for a year and is now very pleased to have been treated effectively and quickly.
The 69-year-old is now home and is recovering well.
Dr Salem Al Harthi, Consultant, Surgical Department, said: “This procedure enables us as surgeons to remove certain types of breast tumours easily and reliably.
The wire guided localisation is the standard of care in most countries at the moment and I knew I could use a more modern and comfortable method for this lady.
“Roll is another step towards minimally invasive breast surgery, which results in faster recovery and less trauma for the patient as well as reduced operation times. It was a perfect solution for this patient,” he added.
In the Roll breast surgery, prior to the operation, a radio-isotope injection into the abnormal area is performed under ultrasound or stereotactic guidance. During surgery the tumour is localised by searching for the maximal radioactivity using the gamma probe.
Roll is an injection consisting of special medication prepared by the nuclear medicine doctor. It is injected into the tumour by a breast radiologist.
The medication, a radioisotope, emits a minimal and safe dose of radiation, similar to the ones used in some thyroid exams.
© Khaleej TimesOct 2015