Most of us know someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Surgeons at Greenville Health System say they know the uphill battle most face and that's why they've brought new technology to the table.
It's called Savi Scout, a device that can more precisely hone in on those tumors and cancerous cells. It's an alternative they said is less invasive and more accurate for the patients fighting this battle.
"I was at work when I got that call from the nurse," patient Jenene Davis said.
Davis got the call more than 200,000 women get every year.
"Unfortunately with my annual mammogram in April, I had a lump in the left breast, and this one was a stage 1, which was invasive," Davis explained.
Davis said she's been diagnosed twice with breast cancer, once in each breast.
GHS surgical oncologist Dr. David McKinley operated on Jenene both times. During her last operation however, he used a brand new technology -the Savi Scout - the first of its kind in the state of South Carolina.
"It's like the game you play when you're a kid - warmer or colder," he said as he moves the detector around.
"So far what I've seen with the Savi Scout - it does cut down on the hectic nature of how we bring ladies to surgery," Dr. McKinley said. He explains women usually have to come in early the day of surgery to have a wire inserted into their breast tissue.
With new technology, a small reflector can be inserted as early as thirty days leading up to surgery. The technology uses radar instead of wires. Using a tiny reflector, honing in on breast tumors.
When the detector picks up on that tiny reflector, the surgeon has a more exact location of where to operate because of the sound it gives off.
Davis has had both types of surgery, one using a wire, the other using Savi Scout. "It made things a lot less frightening, a lot more comfortable if you can say that."
"If we can bring a technology that is very effective and that can cut out some of the hectic nature of the procedures that we need to put them through to take care of their cancer, that's a good thing," Dr. McKinley said.
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