Tuesday, February 15, 2011
New Study Shows Less Surgery Better for Breast Cancer Patients
VOAVideo: New Study Shows Less Surgery Better for Breast Cancer Patients
When breast cancer has spread to a patient's lymph system, surgeons traditionally have operated to remove a large number of underarm lymph nodes, to eliminate any trace of the cancer. The procedure is effective, but it can cause permanent complications. Now, a new study shows there is no advantage to taking out so many lymph nodes, and the finding could mean major changes in breast cancer surgery. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.