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Lymph Node Study Shakes Pillar of Breast Cancer Care

A new study has shown that many women with early breast cancer do not actually benefit from the removal of armpit lymph nodes, a painful procedure that has been routine practice for 100 years.

For about 20 percent of patients, removing the nodes has no advantage -- it neither improves survival nor makes the cancer less likely to recur. What's more, the procedure can cause complications such as infection and lymphedema.


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