Breast Cancer: Surgery

Department of Health written question – answered on 1st March 2017.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for surgery to vacuum cancerous breast tumours to be available on the NHS.

Photo of David Mowat David Mowat The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Vacuum assisted biopsy is an established diagnostic tool for breast problems already available in the National Health Service. The technique is also used to remove benign breast lumps. However, further research into the use of vacuum assisted biopsy to treat breast cancer is required before it is used more widely.

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