Clinical trial tests less painful breast tissue expander

Remote-controlled, needle-free system helps mastectomy patients return to normal

By Bryan Goodchild

UMass Medical School Communications

July 09, 2012

Joan Greffrath of Worcester is treating her breast cancer diagnosis the way her mother approached her own battles with cancer: with humor and grace. Her positive attitude explains why she considers it “a gift” to participate in a new clinical trial for breast reconstruction after mastectomy being conducted by John Castle, MD, clinical assistant professor of surgery and plastic surgery director at the UMass Memorial Comprehensive Breast Center. The randomized, controlled clinical study is designed to directly compare the outcomes of the traditional saline tissue expansion method to an investigational, remote-controlled, needle-free, tissue expansion system known as The AeroForm Patient Controlled Tissue Expander System. UMass Memorial is one of 10 clinical trial sites across the country.

Hear more about the trial from Greffrath and Dr. Castle in this video.

Read about the trial in a recent Telegram & Gazette story:
Newsmaker: Castle on tissue expansion trial for mastectomy patients