A gynecologist at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) has developed a new treatment for vulvar cancer. About 320 Dutch women have each year to hear the diagnosis of this cancer type.
Until now, along with the tumor, all lymph nodes in the groin removed.Oonk Maaike gynecologist developed a method to help determine whether there was any metastasis in lymph nodes. There are none, they do not have to be removed.Less burdensome
The new method is much less stressful for the patient. There is also much less chance of complications. According to the University of Groningen is the global standard treatment for the cancer type adapted to the new method. Oonk promoted Wednesday, May 18 at her discovery.
The new method means that doctors see if the sentinel node metastases are found. Is not the case, it may be assumed that the other nodes also clean. So they can sit.
With the old method, when two thirds of patients unnecessarily glands removed. Patients were also unnecessarily high risk for complications such as infections and swelling in the legs.