Study: Less invasive procedure needed for uterine cancer

April 13, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
There is some encouraging news for women battling uterine cancer. A study in the journal "Lancet Oncology" finds women with early stage uterine cancer no longer need to have a large number of lymph nodes removed to test whether their cancer has spread.

The findings show a biopsy on a smaller number of what are called "sentinel lymph nodes" can diagnose whether the cancer has metastasized.

This means women with early uterine cancer don't need to have all their pelvic lymph nodes removed-- greatly reducing the risk of complications such as painful swelling.