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Early breast cancers may need less lymph node surgery
USA Today

Some women with early breast cancers can safely opt for less surgery, greatly reducing the risk of painful long-term complications, according to a new study that’s already changing standard medical practice. The study, reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, involved 900 women with early breast cancers who had lumpectomies and radiation, and most got drug therapy. Although the tumors were small, these cancers can spread to lymph nodes under the arm, which can allow the tumors to spread around the body through the lymph system.