• Cancer

    Less Invasive Lymph Node Surgery After Chemo

Most patients whose breast cancer has spread to their lymph nodes have most of the lymph nodes in their armpit area removed after chemotherapy to see if any cancer remains. A study conducted through the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group and led by Mayo Clinic breast surgeon Judy Boughey, M.D., shows that a less invasive procedure known as sentinel lymph node surgery identified whether cancer remained in lymph nodes in 91 percent of patients with node-positive breast cancer who received chemotherapy before their surgery. The findings are being presented this week at the 2012 CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

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Expert title for broadcast cg: Dr. Judith Boughey, Mayo Clinic Breast Surgeon