Examination of surgical margins with a positron emission tomography (PET) probe in DCIS and invasive breast cancer

Start Year: 2010
Finish Year: 2011
Chief Investigator: Dr Kerryn Butler-Henderson
Grant Type: Cancer Australia Priority Driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme(PdCCRS)
Institution: Curtin University of Technology

Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme (PdCCRS)

This study is examining if the use of a PET probe during surgery for DCIS or breast cancer can accurately determine if all of the cancer cells have been removed. Currently 20% of patients require a second operation due to potential remaining cancer cells in the breast.

Identification of these cells at the time of the first operation may reduce the number of women requiring second operations. This will have an impact on the patient (time and distress) and the health care system.

This research is co-funded by NBCF and Cancer Australia.