Sitting through the talk two weeks ago on physical therapy for lymph edema, I was sharing the sentiments of some patients: "Why can't they do something else instead of taking out lymph nodes?" No oncologists were present. It hadn't been on my mind (since I have enough trouble with my present treatment issues.) But now I find:
There are new guidelines on uses of sentinel node biopsy from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. In some situations, these guidelines sound as if axillary nodes can, and should be saved.
These are the links I followed:
You can go as deeply as you like into the specifics and make your own interpretations; these new guidelines may give some of you hope. May give you a reason to get a second opinion!
I wish you health.