Impact of SSO-ASTRO margin guidelines on reoperation rates following breast-conserving surgery.

Affiliation

Department of Surgical Oncology, Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior, BC Cancer Agency, Kelowna, BC, Canada; Department of Surgery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada; Department of Surgery, Kelowna General Hospital, Kelowna, BC, Canada. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Re-operation rates following breast-conserving surgery (BCS) for early invasive breast cancer are highly variable, largely due to uncertainty regarding adequate margins. The 2014 SSO-ASTRO guidelines recommended "no ink on tumor" as adequate margins. We evaluated the effect of guideline implementation on re-operation following BCS at our regional cancer center.

Keywords

Breast-conserving surgery,Guidelines,Margin status,Re-operation,SSO-ASTRO,