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A Randomized Controlled Trial of Routine Shave Margins Versus Standard Partial Mastectomy in Breast Cancer Patients

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
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First received: September 29, 2011
Last updated: September 1, 2016
Last verified: September 2016
This research study is designed to look at whether the routine use of shave margins (by taking extra tissue at the time of partial mastectomy surgery) will reduce the chances of having positive surgical margins requiring another surgical procedure, and whether this affects the long-term chances of getting cancer back in your breast.

Condition Intervention
Breast Cancer
Procedure: Shave margins
Procedure: No Shave Margins

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Routine Shave Margins vs. Standard Partial Mastectomy in Breast Cancer Patients

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Further study details as provided by Yale University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Optimal surgical treatment [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    To determine whether routine shave margins in breast cancer patients undergoing partial mastectomy will result in more optimal surgical treatment of breast cancer patients, as defined by reduced positive margin rates

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Cosmesis [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    To determine the effect of routine shave margins on cosmesis

  • Operative time [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    To determine the effect of routine shave margins on the time in the operating suite.

  • Volume of tissue resected [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    To determine the effect of routine shave margins on the volume of tissue resected.

Enrollment: 251
Study Start Date: October 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: October 2016
Primary Completion Date: August 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Shave Margins Procedure: Shave margins
Partial mastectomy with shave margins.
Active Comparator: No shave margins Procedure: No Shave Margins
Partial mastectomy without shave margins.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 90 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Breast cancer, stage 0-3, deemed a surgically appropriate candidate for partial mastectomy with planned procedure for the same.
  2. Women ≥ 18 years of age.
  3. Ability to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent document.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Patients who have received previous neoadjuvant chemotherapy
  2. Patients who require a total mastectomy
  3. Known metastatic breast cancer.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01452399

United States, Connecticut
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, Connecticut, United States, 06510
Sponsors and Collaborators
Yale University
Principal Investigator: Anees Chagpar, M.D. The Breast Center -- Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven
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Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Yale University Identifier: NCT01452399     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1107008825
Study First Received: September 29, 2011
Last Updated: September 1, 2016

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases processed this record on May 25, 2017