Doctors should be cautious when using robotically assisted surgical devices for mastectomy and other cancer-related surgeries that are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency said in a Safety Communication. The robotic devices are not generally used for cancer surgeries, and the safety and effectiveness of these devices for mastectomy have not been established, said Terri Cornelison, M.D., Ph.D., assistant director for the health of women in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. The Safety Communication comes three weeks after Medscape Medical News published a story in which Hooman Noorchashm, M.D., Ph.D., a surgeon ... Read More
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