Breast Fellowship sews the seeds of improved patient care

April 15, 2016

Dr Ben Ward, Consultant Radiologist at the WGH gave the Second Lyda Henderson Memorial lecture on Tuesday 12th April. 2016.

Ben travelled to The Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam to learn a new technique to help identify and mark breast lesions prior to surgery called ‘Radioactive Seed Localisation.’ The audience heard how an Edinburgh multi-disciplinary team have been working with colleagues from Newcastle RVI and that a trial of the new technique would take place in Edinburgh later in the year.

Ben commented “This technique involves the placing of small titanium markers under image guidance. It could offer considerable potential benefits to patient care including the reduction of the number of invasive procedures the patient will need to undergo, smaller better targeted excisions giving better cosmetic outcomes, and should therefore decrease the need for further surgery. The fact that the ‘seeds’ can be placed days in advance will also allow the streamlining of work flow and help improve continuity of care by Radiological and Surgical personnel. The new technique may also offer a significant cost reduction.

The Fellowship has been made possible by the generous gift of Mr Kenneth Graham in association with The Breast Cancer Institute, to commemorate the life and work of Mrs Lyda Henderson, a previous charge nurse in Breast Oncology / Theatre, and a much respected colleague of the Edinburgh Breast Unit.

The Lyda Henderson Travelling Fellowship (£5,000) is awarded annually for employees of NHS Lothian who work with breast disease.

For further details contact Jill Snowdon @ the Breast Cancer Institute on

T: 0131 537 1474 (int ext 31474)