Comparative study of surgical margins in oncoplastic surgery and quadrantectomy in breast cancer

Navneet Kaur, Jean Yves Petit, Mario Rietjens, Fausto Maffini, Alberto Luini, Giovanna Gatti, Pier Carlo Rey, Cicero Urban, Francesca De Lorenzi

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Background: Oncoplastic surgery for breast cancer is a novel concept that combines a plastic surgical procedure with breast-conserving treatment to improve the final cosmetic results. The aim of this study was to evaluate the oncological safety of oncoplastic procedures by studying the status of the surgical margins of the excised tumor specimen in comparison with standard quadrantectomies. Methods: Thirty consecutive breast cancer patients undergoing oncoplastic surgery (group 1) and 30 patients undergoing standard quadrantectomy (group 2) were prospectively studied with regard to the stage of breast cancer, the surgical procedures performed, the volume of breast tissue excised, and the histopathology of the tumor specimen, with specific details on surgical margins. Results: Patients who underwent oncoplastic surgery (group 1) were younger (mean age, 48.73 years) than patients who had a classic quadrantectomy (group 2; mean age, 55.76 years; P = .022). The mean volume of the excised specimen in group 1 was 200.18 cm3, compared with 117.55 cm 3 in group 2 (P = .016). Surgical margins were negative in 25 cases out of 30 in group 1 and 17 out of 30 in group 2 (P = .05). The average length of the surgical margin was 8.5 mm in group 1 and 6.5 mm in group 2, but the difference was not statistically significant (P = .074). Conclusions: Oncoplastic surgery adds to the oncological safety of breast-conserving treatment because a larger volume of breast tissue can be excised and a wider negative margin can be obtained. It is especially indicated for large tumors, for which standard breast-conserving treatment has a high probability of leaving positive margins.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)539-545
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Surgical Oncology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005


  • Breast cancer
  • Oncoplastic surgery
  • Plastic surgery
  • Quadrantectomy
  • Surgical margins

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology


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