February 9, 2011 |
Some women with early-stage breast cancer may be cured without the need to remove multiple lymph nodes, which has been the standard practice, researchers reported Tuesday. Breast cancer surgery traditionally includes removal of lymph nodes near the tumor so that doctors can check for evidence that the cancer has spread. However, a new study found that people with early-stage breast cancer that has spread to a nearby lymph node fared just as well after treatment without the removal of additional lymph nodes in the armpit area.
February 8, 2011 |
Breast cancer surgery traditionally includes removal of lymph nodes near the tumor so that doctors can check for signs that the cancer has spread. However, people with early-stage breast cancer that has spread to a nearby lymph node may not need to have additional lymph nodes removed. In a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., researchers examined patients who had an early-stage tumor. All of the patients had their tumors removed with lumpectomy (when just part of the breast is removed, not the entire breast)
April 15, 2006 |
In a development unusual in an era when most disease-causing agents have already been found, government researchers have identified a new bacterium that causes a serious lymph node infection in some patients with suppressed immune systems. "The discovery of new bacteria is not uncommon, but discovering an organism that causes human illness is certainly unique," said Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni, director of the National Institutes of Health.
November 11, 2004 |
Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards, has begun chemotherapy to shrink a half-dollar-sized lump in her breast. Doctors found no sign the cancer had spread, a family spokesman said Wednesday. After a 16-week chemotherapy course, Edwards will take a four- to six-week break. Georgetown University Medical Center doctors who are treating Edwards will then surgically remove the lump.
May 19, 2003 |
Removing and examining lymph nodes is a routine part of surgery for invasive breast cancer. Determining whether cancer cells have spread to the lymph system helps doctors "stage" the disease -- assess how extensive it is -- and then decide whether additional therapy, such as chemotherapy and radiation, is necessary. Traditionally, doctors perform a procedure called axillary (meaning underarm) lymph node dissection.
August 20, 2000 |
Sen. John McCain spent more than five hours in surgery Saturday to remove skin cancer from his temple and upper arm, and his doctor said preliminary findings show that the cancer had not spread to his lymph nodes. McCain's internist, John Eckstein, said the surgery to remove the two melanomas, the most serious form of skin cancer, went as expected without complications. The removal of the melanoma from his left arm involved a simple excision, Eckstein said.