St. Joe’s partners with MOLLI Surgical to treat breast cancer patient with new surgical technology

A 74-year-old Hamiltonian is one of the first breast cancer patients at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton to be treated with new technology that precisely pinpoints the location of the cancer.

In the past, St. Joe’s radiologists would insert a low-dose radioactive marker or small wire into the abnormal tissue of breast cancer patients. These procedures can be uncomfortable and there can be anxiety due to the use of a radioactive marker. But now the MOLLI Marker® – the size of a sesame seed – is implanted to mark a patient’s lesion, eliminating radiation safety concerns and creating a more comfortable experience.

This new technique allows St. Joe’s surgeon, Dr. Peter Lovrics, to create a smaller incision and better target cancer cells. As of May 2022, MOLLI® is used for all localization procedures by St. Joe’s due to its ease of use and improved experiences for physicians and patients.

“MOLLI improves the breast cancer treatment experience for patients and clinicians,” said Dr. Lovrics. “Because it is more advanced in locating cancers, people with breast cancer can feel more comfortable knowing that their surgery will be easier, faster and more accurate. We hope to introduce MOLLI across the region as a way to move past radioactive seed technology and integrate its use into other soft tissue cancer treatments.

74-year-old patient Angela Alexander-Roper attributes her quick recovery, near absence of pain, a small bruise and a small scar from an upside-down smile to MOLLI.

“Finding the lump was one of the scariest things I’ve ever experienced. I’m so grateful to everyone involved in creating the seed and making it available to people with breast cancer. breast,” she said. “He went straight in; Dr. Lovrics was able to cut the tissue and get all the margins. He was even able to tell my husband right away that they had it all figured out. Then Dr. Lovrics said to me, “Go ahead, live your life! And all because of that little marker.

After a short but frightening experience with cancer for the first time, Angela is now looking forward to continuing to spend time with her four children and 13 grandchildren, and going on vacation with her husband in October.

“St. Joe’s is committed to building a center of excellence in breast diagnostics,” Dr. Lovrics said. “With the help of our technology partners like MOLLI Surgical and others, and the support of our community, we will be able to improve outcomes for the patients we serve.”

Health Canada cleared and FDA cleared MOLLI from MOLLI Surgical features the smallest localization marker on the market that can be used with all soft tissues. MOLLI Surgical looks forward to applying the benefits of this technology beyond breast disease. The MOLLI Wand® detects the MOLLI Marker – much like a GPS – helping surgeons locate lesions more efficiently and with improved accuracy, resulting in better surgical options and an improved experience for everyone before, during and after surgery .

“MOLLI has significantly reduced stress in our patients,” said Dr. Colm Boylan, Chief of Diagnostic Imaging at St. Joe’s. “The process is simpler, more efficient and requires less staff present, which creates a quiet environment. We know that many patients with radioactive markers have experienced anxiety due to the risks of radiation emissions. They often avoid contact with their family, which they need for support. MOLLI represents a tremendous advance in the treatment of one of the most common cancers among Canadians. »

Currently, the hospital is working with St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation to actively fundraise for vital medical equipment that will create a one-stop center of excellence that supports breast cancer patients at every step of the process – from diagnosis to treatment to cure and remission. Funds raised will help purchase essential technologies, including contrast-enhanced mammography and MRI breast coils, to improve the detection of breast cancer in a more definitive and early stage so that patients like Angela get the answers they need sooner and have the healthiest possible outcome.


“We are delighted to partner with St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, a teaching hospital with a well-known culture of innovation, whether through its extensive experience in treating patients with breast disease or its dedication to surgical innovation. We are so happy to learn that future surgeons find MOLLI® so intuitive, so easy to use and so precise, that trainees have mastered its use very quickly.

Ananth Ravi, PhD

President and CEO of MOLLI Surgical Inc.

“St. Joe’s has earned a national reputation for exceptional patient care and innovative medical and surgical treatments. MOLLI® is a great fit for us as we move away from radioactive seed technology because it simplifies precision surgery. We are also leaders in bringing innovation and best practices to our entire hospital community, so it doesn’t matter where a patient lives in the Hamilton-Niagara region—urban or rural— it has access to the latest and greatest treatments, results, and experience.With the right partnerships and the right technology, we can do great things for patients.

Rick Badzioch

Vice President, Clinical Programs, St. Joe’s

About St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton:

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH) is a leading academic health science and research center located in the heart of Hamilton, Ontario. The Hospital is particularly recognized for its excellence in virtual care, mental health and addictions, respiratory care, kidney and urinary care, robotic surgery services, cancer surgery, and care for women and infants. The hospital’s triple mission is to provide dynamic research, revolutionary methods in health science education, and the highest level of clinical care in a spirit of compassion and innovation. SJHH is a member of St. Joseph’s Health System, working closely with St. Joseph’s Villa Dundas for Long Term Care and St. Joseph’s Home Care. You can connect with SJHH at Twitter, LinkedIn, FacebookWhere instagram.

About MOLLI Surgical:

Molli surgery started in the operating room, where surgeons used outdated tools to treat cancer patients – and we knew we could do better. Our surgical wand is precise, easy to use, and designed with the realities of the operating room in mind. Most importantly, it’s built with patients in mind. Our technology replaces lesion marking procedures with a more precise, efficient and economical procedure. MOLLI Surgical prides itself on building the state-of-the-art equipment that patients prefer to have and doctors prefer to use. follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitterand Youtube.

Christine E. Phillips