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June 1998

Minimizing Breast Surgery By Targeting The "Sentinel" Lymph Node

Standard breast cancer surgery typically includes the removal of a section of adjacent underarm tissue containing as many as 10 or more lymph nodes, tiny structures which are usually the first places cancer spreads when it grows beyond the original tumor. The five-year survival rate is lower in patients with cancer that has spread to the underarm nodes, making detection of lymph node metastases an important part of cancer staging.

Breast cancer surgery can be psychologically traumatic, but some of the most severe physical side effects of the surgery result from lymph node removal.

Many breast cancer patients develop lymphedema-a painful swelling of the arm that is permanent in about 5 percent of women.

But borrowing from a mapping technique that helped revolutionize the treatment of melanoma-the most serious form of skin cancer-doctors are now able to accurately pinpoint the first node that is most likely to be affected and thus to better evaluate if the cancer has spread. This may help many patients avoid the costly and often painful removal of adjacent tissue.
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Taking A Definitive Look At Soy

Research continues to accumulate showing a diet rich in soy, particularly the isoflavones or phytoestrogens found in soybean-based products, might have a dramatic impact on breast cancer risk. Additional studies have shown that soy can have a profound impact on the reducing hot flashes associated with menopause. However, insufficient data still exists on the optimal amount to be taken in relation to the benefits that might accrue, in what actual form it should be taken, why there are differences in its impact on pre- and post-menopausal women, and even what additional benefits soy has beyond breast cancer. The answers to these and other questions should be answered in a new clinical trial to be undertaken shortly at the Johns Hopkins Breast Center.
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Research Review

Raloxifene and Tamoxifen

Angiostatin and Endostatin


Insulin, Estrogen Linked with Breast Cancer

Marine Sponges To The Rescue

Cancer Gene Related To High Blood Pressure

Cancer Diagnosis Is Common After A Clot

Gene May Stave Off Cancer

Better Training Urged for Mammogram Reading

Patients Prefer Morphine Alternative

Predicting if Cancer Treatments Will Work

Sensitive Cancer Test Developed

High Hopes for New Breast Screening Tools

Complementary Approaches

More Studies Tout the Benefits of Green Tea

The Healthful Benefits of Grapes

More Good Stuff About Soy

FDA Rules to Restrict Herbal Remedy Claims

Natural Glucarate Supplements

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