Wednesday, Feb. 9
Study: For Some Breast Cancer Patients, Common Surgery Has No Advantage
New research says many breast cancer patients can skip aggressive lymph node surgery without increasing chances for recurrence or death.The study involved women with cancer spread to only one or two nearby lymph nodes. They fared equally well after five years whether they had lots of nodes removed or skipped that major surgery. The results suggest tens of thousands of women can now avoid those complications – the side effects of which include arm swelling, stiffness and pain. Everyone agrees the results of the study are significant, but my next guest says they’re having an immediate effect and that guidelines for surgery are already being reconsidered. Dr. Mehra Golshan, director of breast surgical services at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center in Boston, joins us to discuss.