Surgical Oncology News

This section features a sampling of news related to surgical oncology from the popular press, from press releases received, or SSO news directly pertinent to SSO members.

Early physiotherapy of the arm after breast cancer surgery reduces lymphedema

Author: Dr. Reeja Tharu, Medindia
Jul 02, 2011

Present statistics indicate that women with breast cancer have a 77% chances of survival for at least 10 years; therefore it is important to effectively prevent and manage complications after treatment of the cancer.

Any node excision can lead to stasis of lymph in the area and it is no different when it comes to breast cancer surgical treatment. The axillary lymph nodes drain from breast tissue and are responsible for spread of the cancer to other parts of the body, hence their removal is indicated when doing curative surgery in breast cancer. A randomized, single- blinded, clinical trial of women after unilateral breast cancer surgery with axillary lymph node dissection was carried out at the Príncipe de Asturias Hospital in Madrid between May 2005 and June 2007 by Maria Torres et al and their findings were published recently in British Medical Journal.

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