General Surgery (East Africa)
The conservation of the breast in a woman after diagnosis of breast cancer plays a vital role in the overall management of the patient. While the cosmetic outcome enhances the patients’ self-image, assurance of clear margins is essential in prognostication. An analysis was carried out to assess the adequacy of surgical margins at our unit.
Methodology: Retrospective analysis of breast surgery for breast cancer patients was done from 2008 to 2011 at Aga Khan University Hospital.
Results: Twenty one patients with breast cancer had breast conservation surgery with an average age of 44.8 years. The commonest histological diagnosis (71.4%) was invasive ductal carcinoma. Negative margins were obtained in 85.7%. Modified radical mastectomy was performed on patients who had residual tumour after re-excision.
Conclusion: Breast conservation surgery can yield acceptable margin status with appropriate clinical and radiological selection of patients with early breast cancer.
Publication ( Name of Journal)
Annals of Africa Surgery
(2014). Surgical margin status after breast conservation surgery at Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. Annals of Africa Surgery, 11(1), 4-7.
Available at: https://ecommons.aku.edu/eastafrica_fhs_mc_gen_surg/18