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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.

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