FDA Warns About Robotic Devices for Mastectomy and Other Cancer Surgeries

March 1, 2019

(CNN) – The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to patients and doctors considering the use of robotic surgery for mastectomy and other cancer-related surgeries, saying that robotic surgeries are not approved for the treatment or prevention of cancer.  “We are warning patients and providers that the use of robotically-assisted surgical devices for any cancer-related surgery has not been granted marketing authorization by the agency,” Dr. Terri Cornelison, assistant director for the health of women in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in a news release.

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