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