Comment: Artificial Intelligence and surgical management of Axilla

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Published: 31 Jan 2023
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Prof Mehra Golshan - Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, USA

Prof Mehra Golshan comments on Dr Maria João Cardoso talk on Artificial Intelligence. Her talk highlights the use of AI technologies being used to support health professionals’ skills.

Prof Golshan also comments on Prof Terry Mamounas talk on the surgical management of Axilla.

Breast cancer patients with lymph node metastasis have been treated with a full axillary lymph node dissection, even if they converted to clinical node negativity. However, the removal of a large number of lymph nodes during the procedure can increase arm morbidity and impact quality of life. 

Prof Mamounas explores several studies investigating less radical surgical strategies in this setting, such as sentinel lymph node biopsy or targeted axillary dissection.

He finishes by summarising the future of surgical management of Axilla.