Identifying sentinel node could reduce surgery in breast cancer

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 05 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:7
  1. Hilary Bower
  1. London

    The spread of cancer into the axilla in patients with breast cancer can be accurately predicted from the health of a single node, Italian oncologists have claimed after encouraging results from research into a new technique that could save thousands of women from unnecessary surgery.

    Using a new radiographic procedure to find a “sentinel” node in the armpit, researchers from the European Institute of Oncology in Milan correctly assessed the …

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