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Evaluation of Resection Margins in Breast Conservation Therapy: The Pathology Perspective — Past, Present, and Future

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posted on 26.11.2013 by Rajyasree Emmadi, Elizabeth L. Wiley
Tumor surgical resection margin status is important for any malignant lesion. When this occurs in conjunction with efforts to preserve or conserve the afflicted organ, these margins become extremely important. With the demonstration of no difference in overall survival between mastectomy versus lumpectomy and radiation for breast carcinoma, there is a definite trend toward smaller resections combined with radiation, constituting “breast-conserving therapy.” Tumor-free margins are therefore key to the success of this treatment protocol. We discuss the various aspects of margin status in this setting, from a pathology perspective, incorporating the past and current practices with a brief glimpse of emerging future techniques.

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Copyright © 2012 R. Emmadi and E. L.Wiley. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The original version is available through Hindawi Publishing Corporation at DOI: 10.1155/2012/180259

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Hindawi Publishing Corporation

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2090-1410

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01/10/2012

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