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Non-wire localization technology for breast cancer

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Commitment: One-time

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners across BC

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On behalf of BC’s Ministry of Health, the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology is conducting an assessment of non-wire localization technology for non-palpable breast cancer (i.e., cancers which cannot be felt by hand). Currently, most surgeries for such cancers are assisted with the implant of a wire on the day of surgery, which guides the surgeon to the tissue which must be removed. An emerging alternative is non-wire (or seed) technology. In this case, a seed (magnetic, radioactive, or radar reflective) is implanted, possibly several days before the surgery, which provides the surgeon the ability to locate the tumour.
We are interested in hearing from patients who have experience with either wire or non-wire localization (and both), in regard to your experiences, satisfaction, and outcomes. These patient experiences will contribute to a well-rounded report which also addresses the effectiveness and cost of the technology.
Interested patients will be asked to participate in a 20-30 minute interview about their experiences (by telephone, Zoom or other method).

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of Consult on the IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation.


  • Specific health care experiences [details below]
  • The time to participate in the engagement opportunity
  • Persons who have experienced treatment for non-palpable breast cancer, within the last several years.
Patient Partners ARE NOT required to be PVN members to participate in this engagement opportunity.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Neale Smith Research Coordinator, Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation | University of British Columbia (778) 899-3703

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