KKH introduces surgical technique which preserves part of cancer patients' breast


Dr Lim Geok Hoon developed the technique after a patient asked if the scar left by the conventional mastectomy procedure could be smaller.
Dr Lim Geok Hoon developed the technique after a patient asked if the scar left by the conventional mastectomy procedure could be smaller.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Dr Lim Geok Hoon (left) with Madam May Wong and her family. Madam Wong had the minimal scar mastectomy procedure for both breasts in August last year.
Dr Lim Geok Hoon (left) with Madam May Wong and her family. Madam Wong had the minimal scar mastectomy procedure for both breasts in August last year.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - In a conventional mastectomy, a breast cancer patient ends up with a long scar across the chest and loses her nipples and areolas in the procedure.

But the KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) has come up with a surgical technique for suitable patients which produces a less visible scar around the areolas, preserving them and the nipples.

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