Doctors in MN and NJ performing less lymph node surgeries
Feb 14, 2011
Following widely-reported new research concerning lymph node surgery and breast cancer patients, doctors in Minnesota and New Jersey are scaling back to limit unnecessary surgeries in breast cancer patients, reports The Minnesota Public Radio and The Republic.
"This is a practice-changing study. Breast centers all across the country are deciding what to do with the results of this study [which] has dramatically changed our practice," Todd Tuttle, a breast cancer surgeon at the University of Minnesota's Masonic Cancer Center, told the Minnesota Public Radio.
In New Jersey, Dr. Laura Klein, The Valley Hospital's breast center medical director, repeated the sentiment.
"This was a celebratory day for me," Dr. Klein told The Republic. "It's practice-changing. I personally will no longer be performing axillary node dissections" deemed unnecessary by the new study.
In the February 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, research from John Wayne Cancer Institute found that, among other criteria, women with tumors smaller than 2 inches did not significantly benefit from having their lymph nodes removed, a painful procedure that has been performed in breast cancer treatment for the past 100 years.