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Monitoring microwave ablation of breast tumors via real-time microwave imaging
The purpose of this study is to see whether microwave heating, or microwave ablation, can be applied to the breast to destroy cancer in a targeted area. The long-term goal of this project is to develop a new microwave-based, minimally invasive tool to treat breast cancer. The ablation method, if successful, may be used in the future as an alternative to surgery for some breast cancers.
We will test microwave ablation on breast tissue after it has been removed from your body during a routine mastectomy. We will test only on breast tissue without cancer, so that we can learn more about how the microwave ablation affects normal breast tissue before we advance to targeting cancer.
This study will not change your surgery. The surgeon will not cut any more or any less tissue from your breast than he or she would for a normal breast surgery. You will receive the same care for your breast whether you participate in the study or not.
- Women referred for risk reduction mastectomy
- 18 years of age or older
- Patients with previous breast cancer and/or radiation in the operated breast are ineligible
- Patients with implants in the operated breast are ineligible
- Patients are not eligible if pregnant or lactation
Applicable Disease Sites
UW Hospital and Clinics