Study gives breast cancer patients surgery options

February 8, 2011 5:52:45 PM PST
A new breast cancer study may help some patients decide between two different types of surgery. Researchers studied patients whose breast cancer had metastasized to just one or two lymph nodes.

They found women who had a simpler surgery to remove those lymph nodes had virtually the same survival rate after five years as women who had a more aggressive surgery, to remove an average of 17-lymph nodes.

The patients who had the simpler procedure also received a lumpectomy and whole-breast radiation therapy.