Does the American medical culture rely too heavily on surgical treatments?

That’s the question the New York Times asked me and five others to discuss in “Room for Debate” following the release of a lymph node study that found that some early-stage breast cancer patients do not need to have an axillary node dissection, even if they have a positive sentinel node.

You can read the original New York Times article here.

And you can read my piece in Room for Debate here.

Let me know what you think!

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One Response to Are Doctors Too Quick to Cut?

  1. Pamela says:

    In 2003, I had 24 lymph nodes removed, all negative, because my sentinal node biopsy “failed.” In other words, the dye and radio active material did not go to any particular lymph node. So, they took the whole level of lymph nodes out. Now I suffer from lymphedma and worse yet, have extremely high CRP results due to the inflammation. They used to think that above a CRP result of “10″ did not indicate heart disease.(mine is 30) They now believe that inflammation, no matter the cause, does impose a real threat of heart disease. So, now because of my breast cancer treatment, I am facing heart disease! Less is best for lymph node removal! If I had a say in it, none of my lymph nodes would have been removed.

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