Minimally invasive treatment of early, good prognosis breast cancer—is this feasible?

Mhairi Mactier*, Stuart A McIntosh*, Nisha Sharma

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Breast cancer screening programmes frequently detect early, good prognosis breast cancers with significant treatment burden for patients, and associated health-cost implications. Emerging evidence suggests a role for minimally invasive techniques in the management of these patients enabling many women to avoid surgical intervention. Minimally invasive techniques include vacuum-assisted excision, cryoablation, and radiofrequency ablation. We review published evidence in relation to the risks and benefits of each technique and discuss ongoing trials. Data to date are promising, and we predict a trend towards minimally invasive treatment for early, good-prognosis breast cancer as technical skills, suitability criteria, and follow-up protocols are established.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)886–893
Number of pages8
JournalBritish Journal of Radiology
Issue number1157
Early online date03 Feb 2024
Publication statusPublished - May 2024


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