14 October 2019
October: Breast cancer awareness month

A scan instead of sentinel lymph node surgery

In 2019, making a scan of the armpit glands to determine whether breast cancer has spread, seems more logical than surgery to remove the glands (the sentinel lymph node operation). For many women, the latter leads to long-term complaints, such as a stiff shoulder and accumulation of fluid in the arm (lymphedema). Until now, it wasn’t technically possible to make such a scan reliably. In a few years, researchers at Maastricht hope to change this through a study using the only PET-MRI scanner in the Netherlands.

By: Femke Kools