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Women with early, low risk, hormone-driven breast cancer are less likely to have a recurrence of their disease if they have radiotherapy after surgery, as well as anti-hormone treatment, according to results from a trial that has followed 869 women for ten years.

Women with early, low risk, hormone-driven breast cancer are less likely to have a recurrence of their disease if they have radiotherapy after surgery, as well as anti-hormone treatment, according to results from a trial that has followed 869 women for ten years.

Tags: Sentinel Node, biopsy11/09/2013

The sentinel node is the first lymph node that filters lymphatic fluid from the tissue surrounding a tumor. As the first node in the lymph circulatory system “downstream” from the tumor, this is more likely to show the presence of migrating tumor cells than any other.

A sentinel node biopsy (SNB) is a surgical procedure which involves the identification and subsequent excision of the sentinel lymph node so that it can be tested for the presence of cancer cells. This test may also be called a sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) or a sentinel lymph node dissection (SLND).

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