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Too many DCIS patients undergo axillary evaluation

from MedPage Today

Almost one-fifth of women undergoing breast conserving surgery (BCS) for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) still undergo some form of axillary lymph node evaluation despite recommendations by several large organizations against this practice, a cross-sectional analysis of U.S. hospitals indicates. Of 35,591 women with DCIS in the Perspective database who underwent either BCS or mastectomy, 70.8 percent had no evaluation of the axillary lymph nodes and 29.2 percent had some form of nodal evaluation. more

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