New Findings May Alter Care for Breast Cancer Patients

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

New findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association yesterday report that a long accepted but invasive protocol for treating breast cancer may not be necessary in some 20 percent of patients. 

The painful procedure involves removing cancerous lymph nodes from the armpit in order to prevent the cancer from spreading. According to the report, removing the cancerous nodes was unnecessary when doctors also prescribed regimens of radiation and chemotherapy in a significant amount of all breast cancer patients.  Dr. Elisa Port, Chief of Breast Surgery and Associate Professor of Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center says the new study will definitely change the practice of treating a significant subset of patients.

Comments [1]

Terry from Manhattan

Dr. Port's commentary on the research findings explained in a much more important and nuanced manner the report in yesterday's New York Times. It makes a big difference to understanding their significance

Feb. 09 2011 08:37 AM

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