HRCPP performs 1st breast cancer surgery using exoscope and fluorescence in Brazil
By Amanda Albuquerque / HRCPP Press Officer
The Presidente Prudente Cancer Regional Hospital (HRCPP) performed the first breast cancer surgery using exoscope and fluorescence in Brazil.
The procedure took place last Thursday (12) in the hospital unit. The mastologist responsible for the surgery, Rafael Sá, explains that the procedure is performed with indocyanine green dye, infiltrated by the breast.
“After five minutes of on-site massage, it is possible to identify the sentinel lymph node, allowing not to remove all lymph nodes,” he says.
According to the mastologist, the benefits of the technique include: visualization of lymphatic drainage in real time; lower risk of allergy and breast staining permanently; and shorter surgical time.
“It was a smooth surgery, without complications. It was a partnership between the Presidente Prudente Cancer Regional Hospital and Storz do Brasil, H. Strattner, the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP) and the University of Oeste Paulista (Unoeste) ”, concludes Rafael Sá.
It is noteworthy that the HRCPP is already fully ready and equipped to perform full service. However, it runs into a lack of resources to expand services.
HRCPP started the medium and high complexity procedures and partial hospitalizations in October of this year, with its own resources – from donations from the community – without costing from the Unified Health System (SUS).