Axillary node dissections worth doing, patients say

Patient preferences over the procedure should be considered: Australian researchers

Breast cancer patients with a positive sentinel node biopsy are willing to put up with the morbidity from axillary lymph node dissection in order to get better staging information, a small Australian study reveals.

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The findings show that patient preferences for axillary dissection should be routinely considered after a positive sentinel node biopsy, even though the procedure has become controversial, the authors write in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology.

The procedure has rapidly fallen from favour