UK HEALTHCARE KENTUCKY’S FIRST EXCELLENT SYSTEM FOR HIDDEN SCAR BREAST CANCER SURGERY

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UK HealthCare is new jewel in the crown of University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center.
  • UK HealthCare has been recognized as a System of Excellence for Hidden Scar breast cancer surgery.

Home to the University of Kentucky (UK) Markey Cancer Center, UK HealthCare has officially been recognized as a System of Excellence for Hidden Scar breast cancer surgery. This certificate is the highest level of Hidden Scar designation.

Being the first and only hospital system in Kentucky to be certified as a Hidden Scar System of Excellence, UK HealthCare is a surgical option that offers Kentucky women, a procedure that can optimize cosmetic results effectively to treat breast cancer.

According to the estimates from The American Cancer Society, 3,800 Kentucky women are going to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Most of those women are going to need surgery as part of their treatment. Despite the availability of improved surgical techniques over the decades, traditional breast cancer surgeries still leave visible scars behind.

Surgeons performing Hidden Scar breast cancer surgery can remove the cancerous tissue through a single incision made in a hidden area. This move not only preserves the natural shape of the breast, it also reduces visible scarring. Patients undergoing Hidden Scar breast cancer surgery can experience optimal clinical as well as cosmetic outcomes. Like the patients undergoing other surgical techniques, they are at equal risk of breast cancer recurrence.

Surgical oncologists Dr. Emily Marcinkowski and Dr. Erin Burke at UK have been certified to perform Hidden Scar surgeries. Their operating privileges cover UK’s Albert B. Chandler Hospital and UK Good Samaritan Hospital.