Doctors Saying "Less is More" in Breast Cancer Treatment

Feb 10, 2011 7:54 PM

Patty Molinaro, says, "Every advance that we make that makes the experience of breast cancer easier for the woman is a wonderful thing." Patty Molinaro who is a breast cancer survivor and Nurse Navigator for the Susan G. Koeman Foundation is talking about the results of a study published this week by the American Medical Association Journal.

Between 1999 and 2004 doctors conducted a study at 115 different hospitals with roughly 450 patients who had lymph-nodes surgically removed and 450 who received only chemotherapy or radiation. The results showed that the survival rate was the same between the less invasive and surgical treatment.

Dr. Lydia Schrader, Breast Cancer Surgical Onchologist says, "If we can avoid doing that in these younger women and still have the same outcome, that's a great advantage." Meaning patients can avoid the horrible side effects associated with lymph node removal.

Dr. Lydia says, "Axillary lymph-node dissection have a higher risk of infection. A higher or long term issue related to fluid collections under the arms."

So women who choose the less invasive treatment will have less to worry about in the long run as far as side effects go with this surgery. That way the main focus can be fighting for their lives. Patty says, "It's just another reason why we need to continue to have research done. And we need to continue to try to find easier, more effective, less invasive, type treatments."


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