Royal Marsden is first in UK to use new breast tumour localisation device
Surgeons at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust have become the first in the UK to use and evaluate a new device to locate breast tumours easily and precisely.
Samantha Matthews (48, Surrey) was diagnosed with breast cancer in January at The Royal Marsden after finding a lump in her breast. The following day, a Pintuition Seed was placed in her breast to locate the tumour ahead of surgery on 8 February, when she became one of the first patients in the UK to be operated on using this system. Samantha said:
“I found a lump in my breast just after Christmas and, as I’ve had cysts in the past, I wasn’t worried initially. Fortunately, I decided to get checked anyway and my GP referred me to The Royal Marsden, where a biopsy and ultrasound confirmed it was breast cancer.
“Since then, I’ve felt strangely calm as my hospital team have been great, explaining everything really clearly and ensuring each step has been as fast as possible. For example, having the seed inserted ahead of surgery was quick and painless so I felt confident my surgeon could detect and remove the tumour without needing additional procedures on the day of my operation, which would have made me more anxious. I was able to leave after a few hours, which was perfect for me – you just feel better at home.
“The surgery itself was a success and the next stage of my treatment is radiotherapy. I was pleased to take part in this service evaluation as more women across the UK could soon benefit from this technology.”
Edward St John, Consultant Surgeon at The Royal Marsden, said:
“Sirius Pintuition is an exciting innovation in breast cancer surgery and, compared with traditional wire techniques, it’s far more patient-friendly and offers hospitals more flexibility. We are evaluating it to discover if it offers a more precise and efficient route to locating tumours during lumpectomies compared with other similar technologies.”
Bram Schermers, co-founder and inventor of Sirius Pintuition technology, said:
"We are very proud to collaborate with The Royal Marsden Hospital. This partnership is a pivotal moment for us, and we are happy that clinicians show confidence in our product. Sirius Pintuition is an intuitive and easy to use system that creates value for surgeons, hospitals and their patients."