Sinclair Cares: New technology helps doctors in fight against breast cancer
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Working in partnership with our parent company, Sinclair Broadcast Group, we want to keep you informed about important health and safety matters.
In this Sinclair Cares Report, Jennifer Gilbert shows you how some new technology is helping both doctors and patients in the fight against breast cancer.
25 years ago Tammy Taylor faced what many woman fear after a lump was discovered in her breast.
Tammy's mom did from breast cancer when she was 50.
Tammy was determined to fight, so she she underwent surgery with a common method that surgeons use to locate the tumor, a wire inserted in the breast.
Tammy's tumor turned out to be benign but earlier this year, another lump showed up and this time it was cancer.
Tammy would have to undergo another surgery, but this time she was in the hands of Dr. Dona Hobart, medical director of the Lifebridge Health Breast Care Centers, in Maryland.
This year, Dr. Hobart became the first surgeon in Maryland to use a new technology that makes things easier for doctor and patients. "It simply allows us to find the bad part of the breast that needs to come out," said Dr. Hobart.
The new technology uses wireless radio frequency identification, or RFID, the same technology used in your credit cards.
The device is called a localizer, which uses a miniature marker, or tag, that's implanted in the breast and a handheld reader and probe.
It's like a GPS to show exactly where to go, and for patients like Tammy, it made a world a difference the second time around.