The Breast Center at Portsmouth Regional Hospital and Dr. Lauren Thompson Recognized for Advanced Surgical Approach to Treating Breast Cancer

Portsmouth Regional Hospital announced today that The Breast Center at Portsmouth Regional Hospital and breast cancer surgeon, Lauren Thompson, MD, have been recognized as a Hidden Scar Center of Excellence and Hidden Scar Trained Surgeon. This innovative program trains surgeons on minimally invasive surgical approaches that deliver optimal clinical and aesthetic outcomes for patients.  Thompson is among the first on the Seacoast to perform this advanced approach to breast cancer surgery that hides scars, minimizing the daily emotional reminder of a breast cancer diagnosis.

Each year, approximately 253,000² women are diagnosed with breast cancer that requires surgery. In New Hampshire, an estimated 1,330³ women will be impacted, with many unaware of all the surgical options available, including less invasive approaches that can help restore self-image and emotional healing.

“A breast cancer diagnosis is difficult enough. At The Breast Center at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, we are committed to enabling our surgical team to perform complex, sought-after surgeries that give more women access to transformative options,” stated Thompson.

This new surgical technique allows Thompson to remove cancerous tissue through a single incision made in a hidden area, preserving the natural shape of the breast while reducing visible scarring. Patients who undergo this surgical approach experience optimal clinical and cosmetic outcomes and are at no higher risk of recurrence than patients who undergo other surgical techniques.

About Portsmouth Regional Hospital

Portsmouth Regional Hospital is a 220-bed acute care hospital located in Portsmouth, NH. Portsmouth Regional Hospital serves the Seacoast region’s residents in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts and is one of the area’s largest employers. Portsmouth Regional Hospital is the only ACS Verified Level II Trauma Center on New Hampshire’s Seacoast. Portsmouth Regional Hospital is the Seacoast’s only comprehensive heart and vascular program, and its only 24/7 neurosurgical and stroke clot retrieval programs. For more information about Portsmouth’s services and physicians, visit: www.portsmouthhospital.com.

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