Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

New Surgery Hope in Breast Cancer Battle; Less Invasive Operations to Reduce Recovery Time

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

New Surgery Hope in Breast Cancer Battle; Less Invasive Operations to Reduce Recovery Time

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Byline: REBECCA SMITH

A NEW way of treating breast cancer could dramatically reduce the time it takes patients to recover from surgery.

Scientists believe less invasive operations will still remove cancerous tissue but leave healthy areas unaffected.

Breast cancer is the most common form of the disease in women, with 38,000 cases diagnosed each year. The average woman has a one in nine chance of developing the disease.

Normally when doctors think the cancer has spread from the breast to other parts of the body, surgeons remove the tumour and the lymph glands under the arms.

The procedure is painful and can lead to loss of sensation in the arm.

But now the researchers at the University of Wales, Cardiff, suggest it is unnecessary in two thirds of cases. They say that removing one of the glands is just as effective. Using a small dose of radioactivity doctors can inject a dye to identify the main gland and take that out.

The team now hopes to train surgeons in the technique for use across Britain within 18 months. …

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