This study shows us that less can be more in the sentinel lymph node era. We can avoid complete axillary resection. As a medical oncologist, I have learned that less can be more in many settings. As a result of this study, I will be able to reassure my patients that radiation therapy to the axilla is safe and can achieve local control,” said Andrew Seidman, MD, Attending Physician for the Breast Cancer Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, who moderated a press conference where this study was discussed.
When asked whether radiation would become the new standard of care, Dr. Seidman said, “We heard the study results today. We will go back to our practices and digest the data over the next few months. I suspect that the study will change the standard of care for selected patients and that this will happen at my institution.” ■
Disclosure: Dr. Seidman reported no potential conflicts of interest.
Radiotherapy to the axilla may replace axillary lymph node dissection for local tumor control in selected patients with sentinel node–positive breast cancer, sparing many patients lymphedema, according to the final results of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC)...