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Breast cancer abutting the pectoralis major muscle on breast MRI: what are the clinical implications?

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Source: PubMed From: docwirenews.com Objectives: Defining the posterior extent of breast cancer prior to surgery has clinical implications. However, there is limited data available to guide the interpretation of breast cancers seen on MRI that abut the pectoralis muscle but lack associated muscle enhancement. Methods: In this retrospective study of breast MRIs performed between May 2008 and July 2019, 43 female patients …

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Factors affecting the number of sentinel lymph nodes removed in patients having surgery for breast cancer

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From: docwirenews.com Purpose: The goal of sentinel lymph node biopsy is to establish the presence or absence of cancer cells in regional axillary nodes. The number of sentinel nodes harvested from each patient varies. The aim of this study was to determine what factors influence the number of sentinel nodes excised at sentinel node biopsy. Methods: Data from 426 patients with breast …

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ERAS Comes of Age With Opioid-Free Breast Cancer Surgery

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From: clinicaloncology.com Full commitment to the enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocol at Maimonides Medical Center, in New York City, eliminated the use of opioids in more than 1,200 patients undergoing breast-conserving surgery. Furthermore, patients managed with ERAS reported less pain than usual-care patients receiving opioids, according to the medical center’s chairman of surgery, Patrick Borgen, MD, who described the …

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Surgery for Metastatic Breast Cancer Does Not Improve Overall Survival

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By: Benjamin Ryan From: cancerhealth.com A new randomized study sought to clarify results from previous studies that suggested there would be a benefit from such local treatment. Women diagnosed with breast cancer that is already at Stage IV, meaning metastatic cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, do not experience a benefit in overall survival from surgery …

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Less Surgery, But Still Some, For Breast Cancer

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By: Karuna Jaggar From: bcaction.org When first diagnosed with cancer, it can feel like the surest, fastest way to get rid of it is to cut it out. So many newly diagnosed breast cancer patients are surprised to learn that surgery isn’t the first step in treatment for many people and that it plays a smaller role in survival than …

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Breast cancer study by UCR medical student could help patients live longer

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By: Iqbal Pittalwala From: ucr.edu A student at the University of California, Riverside, presented research results at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, or AACR, in Atlanta showing that surgery is associated with higher survival rates for patients with HER2-positive stage 4 breast cancer compared with those who did not undergo surgery. The protein HER2, or …

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Pain Protocol Facilitates Outpatient Mastectomy

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By: Christina Frangou From: clinicaloncology.com Mastectomy patients treated with a multimodal pain control regimen that included liposomal bupivacaine experienced low levels of postoperative pain, allowing them to be discharged home the same day and with a reduced need for opioids during recovery, according to a presentation at the 2018 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons. “This is not …

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Study: Imaging better than surgery for lung cancer staging

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By: Stephen Feller From: upi.com A new study shows imaging techniques are more accurate than surgery for lung cancer staging but have no effect on extending survival after diagnosis. Five-year survival was the same among patients who underwent endosonography and mediastinoscopy for lung cancer staging, despite improvements to the imaging procedure, surprising researchers at the Academic Research Center in Amsterdam. …

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Tracking Cancer In Real Time

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By: Anna Gorman From: khn.org California is overhauling the way it collects information for its massive cancer database in the hope of improving how patients are treated for the disease. Pathologists at a dozen hospitals in the state are part of a pilot project — the first of its kind in the United States — in which they are reporting cancer diagnoses …

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Using video to kill lung cancer

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From: abc7chicago.com At one time, treatment for lung cancer meant major surgery. Doctors would have to crack a patient’s ribs and remove a portion, or whole lobe of a lung. Now, a minimally invasive procedure is leaving more lung in place, making recovery a whole lot easier. For New York attorney Amy Mosery and her husband, it was a very …