Lifesaving Biopsies Not Performed on 25 Percent of Cancer Patients
Researchers also said that gynecologic oncologists were 6.5 times more likely to perform lymph node biopsies and four times more likely to perform all recommended staging biopsies than other surgical specialists. They did not know what accounted for these differences.
As a final word, the researchers recommended that lymph node biopsies be performed on all patients with early stage ovarian cancer, unless the patient was clearly medically unsuited for the procedure.
The study was published in Gynecological Oncology.