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Could a Scan Someday Replace Lymph Node Biopsy?

Posted 10 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 10, 2015 – Scientists are testing a noninvasive alternative to lymph node biopsy for detecting early signs that melanoma skin cancer has spread. Patients currently undergo surgical removal, often involving a radioactiver tracer, of these lymph nodes to screen for wayward cancer cells. But researchers say that in most cases this approach uncovers no sign of cancer spread while exposing patients to unnecessary risks. A team from Germany now reports that a new audio-visual imaging technique looks as effective as surgery for identifying melanoma metastasis. "Thanks to the new imaging procedure, surgery will not be necessary for many patients in the future," said study lead author Dr. Ingo Stoffels, of the department of dermatology at the Vein Center at University Hospital Essen. Nor is radiation a part of the experimental screening. The findings were published in the Dec. 9 ... Read more

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