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Needle biopsy underused in breast cancer diagnosis, negatively impacting diagnosis and care
Date:6/9/2014

needle biopsy is considered the standard of care for breast cancer diagnosis, it's relatively readily accessible, and there are possible medical benefits of making the right decision -- such as preventing additional surgeries and enduring fewer complications.

"An open surgical biopsy actually makes lymph node biopsy less accurate -- and lymph node status is the most important factor when making critical decisions about adjuvant therapy. So breast cancer patients should be fully educated that this is the standard of care and ask for it," stressed Smith.

"For physicians, I think our findings suggest an opportunity to educate and encourage them to do the right thing in the best interest of their patient," Smith continued.


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Contact: Laura Sussman
lsussman@mdanderson.org
713-745-2457
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
Source:Eurekalert  

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