Less Radical Breast Cancer Treatment Could Become Norm

February 22, 2011

American Medical News

Lynn Schuchter, MD, chief of the division of Hematology/Oncology, is quoted in an American Medical News story about a new study showing that some early breast cancer patients do not need surgery to remove multiple lymph nodes under their arm, a procedure that's associated with complications including infection and lymphedema. She said she believes changes in practice will occur more quickly than with other types of new research, in part because patients will demand it. Most patients are reluctant to have the more radical surgery because of the potential for debilitating side effects, Schuchter said. "I think the uptake of these results could happen quite rapidly, because women don't want the [axillary lymph node dissection] surgery," she said... Read More

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