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Published on Mar 1, 2011
http://AskDrYou.com A recent study rocked the foundation of a standard medical procedure that surgeons have been performing on women with breast cancer for the past 100 years --- removal of the lymph nodes under the armpit. A procedure based on the belief that this would prolong a woman's life by making it less likely for the cancer to spread or come back.
For your reference refer to the 2011 February 9, 2011 edition of the Times (article titled "Lymph Node Study Shakes Pillar of Breast Cancer Care") as well as The Journal of the American Medical Association.
Findings from this study on women with early breast cancer indicated that standard lymph node removal is unnecessary for women who are diagnosed early, and who meet certain criteria. Why? Because extensive lymph node removal was found to have no survival advantage. In other words, women were paying a price for no gain in lifespan.