Three Southwest Florida Surgeons Become Certified for Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery

April 11, 2017

FORT MYERS, Fla. – April 11, 2017 – 21st Century Oncology announced today that breast cancer surgeons Elizabeth Arguelles, M.D., F.A.C.S., David Rock, M.D. and Lea Blackwell, M.D. have been recognized as certified surgeons for Hidden ScarTM Breast Cancer Surgery. Dr. Arguelles, Dr. Rock and Dr. Blackwell are among the first to be certified in Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery in Southwest Florida, performing this advanced approach to breast cancer surgery that hides scars, minimizing the daily emotional reminder of a breast cancer diagnosis. With these certifications, 21st Century Oncology is expanding options for women in Southwest Florida with a procedure that effectively treats the cancer while optimizing cosmetic results.

Each year, approximately 405,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer that requires surgery. In Florida, 14,045 new breast cancer cases were diagnosed in 2010, the latest data available from the Florida Department of Health. Many breast cancer patients may be unaware of all the surgical options available, including minimally invasive approaches that can help restore their self-image and allow them to begin the emotional healing process.

Hidden Scar breast cancer surgery allows physicians to remove the cancerous tissue through a single incision made in an inconspicuous area, preserving the natural shape of the breast while reducing visible scarring. Patients who undergo this approach experience optimal clinical and cosmetic outcomes, and are at no higher risk of recurrence than patients who undergo other surgical techniques.

Dr. Arguelles, Dr. Rock and Dr. Blackwell are board certified breast surgeons who specialize in the care of patients with both benign and malignant breast disease. They strive to uphold high standards of care for their breast cancer patients to provide as many personalized options as possible.

Performing breast cancer surgery through a smaller incision requires constant illumination throughout the surgical cavity so surgeons can clearly see and effectively remove the tumor.

Dr. Arguelles, Dr. Rock and Dr. Blackwell are using Invuity’s Intelligent PhotonicsTM technology to improve visibility during procedures such as lumpectomy and nipple sparing mastectomy – which enables them to perform complex, in-demand surgeries with greater confidence, and give more women access to transformative options.

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About 21st Century Oncology:

21st Century Oncology is the largest global, physician led provider of Integrated Cancer Care services. The company offers a comprehensive range of cancer treatment services, focused on delivering academic quality, cost-effective patient care in personal and convenient settings. As of September 30, 2016, the Company operated 180 treatment centers, including 144 centers located in 17 U.S. states and 36 centers located in seven countries in Latin America. The company holds market-leading positions in most of its domestic local markets and abroad.

About Invuity, Inc. (Nasdaq: IVTY):

Invuity, Inc. is a medical technology company focused on developing and marketing advanced photonics devices to improve the ability of surgeons to illuminate and visualize the surgical cavity during open minimally invasive and minimal access surgery. The company's patented Intelligent Photonics™ technology enables enhanced surgical precision, efficiency and safety by providing superior visualization. Clinical applications include breast and thyroid oncology, plastic reconstructive, spine, orthopedic, cardiothoracic and general surgery among others. Invuity is headquartered in San Francisco, CA. For more information, visit


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