A NEW WAY FORWARD
A pilot programme may make it easier to discover whether breast cancer has spread to the lymph nodes. When diagnosed with breast cancer, determining whether it has spread to the lymph nodes is often the first step, as if it has, patients need more aggressive treatment. Currently, the test is done using a blue dye and a radioactive compound, and can only be carried out in a major cancer centre – meaning further to travel and more time spent in hospital. The new programme uses a simple magnetic tracer which could make for a safer and more cost-effective method for patients.