08 Oct Breast Cancer: Axillary Node Interventions
MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings of the study?
Dr. Rao: That in most women with small breast cancer (<3.0cm in size), it is not necessary to removal all the lymph nodes underneath the arm, even if those nodes do have cancer. Radiation therapy, which is required after a partial mastectomy for breast cancer, can prevent these nodes from growing or becoming clinically significant.
MedicalResearch.com: Were any of the findings unexpected?
Dr. Rao: This review further establishes the lack of survival benefit from removal of all the axillary lymph nodes for patients with breast cancer.
MedicalResearch.com: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?
Dr. Rao: That a personalized approach to breast cancer, which includes information on tumor biology utilizing molecular markers, allows for less aggressive surgery.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Dr. Rao: Similar data have not yet been established for patients undergoing mastectomy alone, or for patients who receive neoadjuvant chemotherapy and who have needle biopsy proven axillary metastases.
Last Updated on April 10, 2015 by Marie Benz MD FAAD