New Study on Lymph Node Removal for Breast Cancer Patients

         

Feb. 10, 2011 – A study published in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association is prompting a new conversation between breast cancer patients and their doctors. In this episode of Cancer Connection, Siteman Cancer Center breast surgeon Julie Margenthaler, MD, discusses the study and how it has changed treatment options for some patients. According to Margenthaler, the study shows some breast cancer patients may no longer need to have all of their lymph nodes removed when the sentinel lymph node tests positive. She says she's been discussing this with her patients since June, when she first learned about the new information.

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