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  Study Improves Breast Cancer Risk Prediction in Women with Atypia
1-Step Breast Cancer Treatment Combines Radiation, Surgery
New Adjuvant Treatments for Breast Cancer Prove Cost-Effective
Study Determines Impact of False-Positive Cancer Tests
Scientists Follow Familiar TRAIL to New Cancer Therapy
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Family Structure, Size Could Affect Breast Cancer Risk Prediction Accuracy for BRCA Gene Testing
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Analysis Confirms Benefits of Combining Trastuzumab and Chemotherapy
Link Between Immune System and Mammary Gland Could Shed New Light on Breast Cancer
Src Inhibitor May Prove Beneficial in Breast Cancer Therapy
Software Enhancement of Breast MRI Scans Help Radiologists Reduce False Positives
Racial Differences in Severity of Breast Cancer Presentation Confirmed
Screening Approach Leads to Discovery of Gene Linked to Breast Cancer
Fluorescence Diffuse Optical Tomography Provides High Contrast, 3-D Look at Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer Drug Lapatinib Taken with Food Is More Readily Absorbed
Ultrasound Proves Safe Alternative to Biopsy in Some Breast Masses
Study Finds Western-Style Meat Diet Increases Risk of Breast Cancer in Postmenopausal Women

Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy Associated with Breast Cancer Rates

The incidence of some early stage metastatic breast cancers is increasing, but this finding is likely explained by changes in clinical practice, according to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Deirdre Cronin-Fenton, Ph.D., of Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, with colleagues at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md., found that the increase in some early stage breast cancers corresponded to greater use of biopsies of sentinel lymph nodes-the primary lymph node to which cancer cells are likely to spread from a tumor. Sentinel lymph node biopsies often detect small numbers of tumor cells that do not necessarily indicate that the cancer has spread.

"While the use of [sentinel lymph node biopsy] in community practice continues to increase, it is expected that cases with [lymph node] metastases also will continue to increase," the authors write.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute, online edition, June 26, 2007

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