09 Feb '11, 5am

Breast cancer survival good with limited lymph surgery

Breast cancer survival good with limited lymph surgery

WASHINGTON: A US study has suggested that early stage breast cancer patients who have a small amount of lymph node removed fare as well as those who get more extensive surgery. Researchers examined data from women whose breast cancer had spread to a nearby lymph node and studied survival rates among those who had the first lymph node, or sentinel lymph node, removed compared to those who had lymph nodes from the armpit removed, known as axillary lymph node dissection (ALND). Their results showed that patients "do not benefit from the addition of ALND in terms of local control, disease-free survival, or overall survival, and that ALND may no longer be justified for certain patients," the study said. "Implementation of this practice change would improve clinical outcomes in thousands of women each year by reducing the complications associated with ALND and improving quality ...

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