BioZorb – A New Implantable Device Delimiting Surgical Site After Breast Cancer Lumpectomy

BioZorb – A New Implantable Device Delimiting Surgical Site After Breast Cancer Lumpectomy

biozorb_purpleDuring the 32nd Annual Miami Breast Cancer Conference in Miami Beach, Florida, held between Feb. 26 to March 1, new innovative and challenging surgical, medical and radiation approaches were presented that promote the understanding of state-of-the-art treatments within each therapeutic area and collaborative work in the clinic.

During the conference Dr. Steven Schonholz from the Noble Hospital, Massachusetts, presented a scientific poster with the BioZorb tissue marker a new implantable device that specifically delimits the surgical site of tissue removal (lumpectomy) in three dimensions in patients with breast cancer. Dr. Schonholz is the Director of the Center for Comprehensive Breast Health at Noble Hospital and was the first physician in Massachusetts to use BioZorb during his clinical practice.

The BioZorb tissue marker was developed by Focal Therapeutics. It has 6 titanium marker clips distributed in a 3D pattern inside a bio-absorbable coil that enables the delivery of a more focused radiation therapy with lower amount of radiation reaching the healthy tissues. By delimiting the surgical site, this device improves visual confirmation for therapy planning, patient positioning and follow-up. BioZorb is compatible with virtually all forms of radiation therapy and is frequently used in the breast. The coil can be reabsorbed by the body within a year or more leaving the titanium clips for permanent 3D visualization at the surgical site.

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Dr. Schonholz said in a news release that the BioZorb tissue marker is very helpful in protecting healthy tissues surrounding the region were the tumor was removed from radiation therapy, leaving patients more satisfied with the cosmetic result after treatment.

The conference presentation included detailed information (info graphic) about the BioZorb for patients and physicians, explaining its advantages and how it is normally used in breast cancer patients. The infographic also emphasized how the device improves communication between the surgeon and radiation oncologist.

The 32nd Annual Miami Breast Cancer Conference gathered pioneers of innovative strategies in different clinical specialties that are crucial for an optimal multidisciplinary management of patients with breast cancer and its application in the clinic.

5 comments

  1. Marsha Schmit says:

    Has anyone had issues with breast swelling and infection after placement of biosorb even months after it has been placed? And even arm swelling periodically?

    • Hanni says:

      I had this BioZorb coil implanted 3 weeks ago after a lumpectomy. It is causing me constant pain. I don’t see any complaints anywhere else, and I can’t believe I’m the only one experiencing this non-stop misery. If I change position at night and my breast moves it causes a sharper pain. I wear a snug sports bra to bed to try and prevent any movement, but also have to use small pillows to hold everything in place. It is getting worse instead of better. And yes, I have swelling. Something is not right with this device!

  2. Gloria says:

    I have not experienced an infection. However, my surgeon said the BioZorb would be absorbed in a year, then 18 months and now she says 24 months. At times it is uncomfortable and during a mammogram there is pain.
    Thank you

  3. Hanni says:

    The BioZorb was finally removed because of the severe pain and inflammation I was experiencing. I had to undergo another surgery. The pathology of the surrounding tissue indicated a granuloma. My body was rejecting the BioZorb. Now that it is out all my pain is gone. I am very upset that I needlessly suffered, especially when I specifically questioned the surgeon about reactions to this implant, pre-surgery. He said there were none. That is obviously untrue. Something is not right with the push to insert this invasive device.

  4. Sarah says:

    I had a lumpectomy in Oct. 2016. A Biozorb device was implanted. I have had cellulitis 3 times since then and my activities are severely limited. If I work in my garden, wash the dog, handle a 20-lb turkey, mop the floor, etc. I am in severe pain afterwards often for several days. I believe it is this implantation that is the problem. I think my doctor may believe so as well, as he mentioned that he had removed the device from 2 previous patients- yes another surgery. I am also concerned that since I initially received a letter from my insurance company saying they would of course pay for my lumpectomy, they were denying the part of the claim that involved the Biosorb as it was not yet generally accepted medical practice. Will they pay for its removal? I somehow doubt it.

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