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June 5, 2005

Percentage of Positive Lymph Nodes Prognostic in T1-T2 Breast Cancer

Topics: Medicine

According to results of a study conducted in Canada, in women with stage T1-T2 breast carcinoma and one-to-three positive lymph nodes, the presence of greater than 25% positive/dissected axillary lymph nodes is an adverse prognostic factor,

"The clinical implication of our study is that among women with one-to-three positive nodes, a population in whom postmastectomy radiotherapy use is controversial, the percentage of positive/dissected nodes can be used to identify patients at higher risk (>25% nodes positive) who may benefit with treatment."

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Posted by Hyscience at June 5, 2005 1:21 AM

This is nothing new. My MIL died in 1981 after being diagnosed with breast cancer. The cancer had gone to her lymph nodes which meant that the prognosis was not good. She had roughly 4 years after the initial diagnosis and removal of her breast before she passed away.

Early diagnosis of a breast lump that is cancer is the only way that will lead to a good prognosis.

Posted by: Maggie4Life at June 6, 2005 5:18 AM



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