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African American women less likely to receive improved surgical procedure for breast cancer


African American women with early stage, invasive breast cancer were 13 percent less likely than Caucasian women with the same diagnosis to receive a minimally invasive technique, axillary sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy, years after the procedure had become the standard of surgical care, according to research from MD Anderson Cancer Center.  The older technique, axillary lymph node dissection (ALND), is associated with a higher rate of lymphedema and worse outcome. Dalliah Black, M.D., assistant professor in Surgical Oncology and Benjamin Smith, M.D., assistant professor in Radiation Oncology at MD Anderson, discuss their findings.

Guest: Dalliah Black, M.D. and Benjamin Smith, M.D.

© 2015 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center