The Latest on Lymph-Node Surgery

For decades, doctors have routinely removed lymph nodes from the armpits of women with breast cancer—the idea is to sever a pathway through which cancer cells can spread to the rest of the body. But researchers recently announced some surprising news: Women who are diagnosed early may not need to have their lymph nodes removed at all! Radiation and anticancer drugs may be just as effective in attacking cancer in the lymph nodes before it has time to spread, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.





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