Choice of anesthesia may affect breast cancer metastases: Study

Washington D.C. [USA], Feb 2 (ANI): A recent study has shed light on the fact that the choice of anesthesia is likely to change the metastatic process of breast cancer by affecting the cytokine and microenvironment.

The study was led by Stony Brook University Cancer Center researchers. It was published in the journal Nature Communications.

Jun Lin, MD, Ph.D., of the Department of Anesthesiology in the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, and colleagues found that a sweet-smelling, nonflammable, highly fluorinated methyl isopropyl - sevoflurane anesthesia leads to more metastatic burden in the lung after breast tumor resecting surgery than propofol in laboratory models.

The study findings may serve as a guide to design clinical trials for clinicians to optimise anesthesia choice for breast cancer surgery in order to achieve the best long-term outcomes. (ANI)