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Sum Hospital starts new biopsy procedure for breast cancer

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OST Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Aug 13
As part of its efforts to expand its facilities and introduce new procedures, the Institute of Medical Sciences and Sum Hospital (IMS and SH) has undertaken, for the first time, sentinel lymph node biopsy for breast cancer.

Sentinel lymph node biopsy is a method in which only selected lymph node from the axilla is identified after a dye is injected while conducting surgery for breast cancer and then sent for pathological examination, Dr Sunil Agrawala, surgical oncologist in the hospital, said.

“This can help the surgeon to take decisions properly and will cut out the need for unwanted extensive surgery and removal of the entire breast”, he said.

Availability of expertise in IMS and Sum Hospital has made it possible to go for this kind of surgical procedures. The expertise involved identification of the proper nodes, he added.

 

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