Author | V. Suzanne Klimberg, MD

Articles

Data on Ductal Carcinoma In Situ Encumbered by Opinion

September 15, 2016

Despite the much higher risk of local recurrence with lumpectomy and radiation compared with mastectomy, multiple retrospective studies and prospective randomized trials have established that survival is the same; however, this may not be so for the individual patient, depending on the type of recurrence.

Margin Status Following Partial Mastectomy: One Size Does Not Fit All!

September 14, 2011

Breast-conserving therapy (BCT), which includes wide local excision of the tumor followed by irradiation, has become a standard treatment option for women with early-stage invasive breast cancer.

Current Status of Sentinel Node Surgery in Breast Cancer

December 01, 2003

The biologic rationale for sentinellymph node biopsy, althoughit may ultimately stagethe axilla more accurately, is essentiallythat a positive lymph node representssystemic disease. Removal ofaxillary lymph nodes is of little, if any,therapeutic value, and most patients with tumors greater than 1 cm are offeredchemotherapy regardless ofnodal status. Thus, the risks of lymphedemaand neurologic deficit outweighany prognostic information derivedfrom an axillary node dissection whenthis same information can be accuratelyobtained in a less invasive, lessmorbid procedure.