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Health.com: 9 Big Breast Cancer Breakthroughs for 2013

No Cancer Left Behind

A device called MarginProbe, which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last year, can be used by surgeons after they've removed a tumor to assess whether cells on the tumor's margins are hard or soft. (Cancerous cells tend to be harder because they contain more collagen.) "Then we can remove additional tissue right there, instead of having the woman return for more surgery at a later date," says Deanna J. Attai, MD, a breast surgeon at the Center for Breast Care in Burbank, Calif. "It's incredible."

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