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Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping
Today, when treating patients with uterine or endometrial cancer, many doctors still remove or all of a woman’s nearby lymph nodes in order to assess whether the cancer has spread. But removing lymph nodes—which play an important role in supporting the immune system—can result in long-term side effects that affect quality of life.
At the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, we now have a new approach. As the charter member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, our expert surgeons worked directly with their Memorial Sloan Kettering colleagues to introduce Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping for uterine cancer patients. Using a special dye, doctors are able to cause only lymph nodes that may contain cancerous cells to glow bright green—more accurately identifying the ones that need to be removed.
This eliminates the need to remove healthy lymph nodes—and helps provide healthier futures for our patients moving forward.
Watch a video of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Dr. Nadeem Abu Rustum discussing this innovative new technique.