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The role of sentinel node biopsy in breast cancer management: an overview

Mirella Mechella, M. Roselli, Francesco Scopinaro
Nucl. Med. Rev 2000;3(1):77-81.

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Vol 3, No 1 (2000)
Reviews
Published online: 2000-02-25
Submitted: 2012-01-23

Abstract

Regional lymph nodes surgical management is an integral part of breast cancer therapy. One of the most important therapeutic problems is the risk of surgical treatment which is too wide or inadequate due to the lack of correct presurgical information on the conditions of regional lymph nodes. For melanoma the problem was solved combining surgical accuracy with the slightest surgical resection, using sentinel node biopsy.
In breast cancer the removal of axillary nodes proved to be unnecessary in more than 50% of cases. The first international studies on the use of sentinel node biopsy in breast carcinoma for the identification of patients who do not need axillary clearance suggest the high accuracy of the technique. Some practical problems still exist, however, and the optimisation of the method is not yet complete.
The use of sentinel node biopsy in breast cancer treatment might be able to provide distinctive clinical information, which can improve our knowledge about the disease?'s biological behaviour and about its treatment.

Abstract

Regional lymph nodes surgical management is an integral part of breast cancer therapy. One of the most important therapeutic problems is the risk of surgical treatment which is too wide or inadequate due to the lack of correct presurgical information on the conditions of regional lymph nodes. For melanoma the problem was solved combining surgical accuracy with the slightest surgical resection, using sentinel node biopsy.
In breast cancer the removal of axillary nodes proved to be unnecessary in more than 50% of cases. The first international studies on the use of sentinel node biopsy in breast carcinoma for the identification of patients who do not need axillary clearance suggest the high accuracy of the technique. Some practical problems still exist, however, and the optimisation of the method is not yet complete.
The use of sentinel node biopsy in breast cancer treatment might be able to provide distinctive clinical information, which can improve our knowledge about the disease?'s biological behaviour and about its treatment.
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Keywords

breast; axillary nodes; sentinel node; dye; lymphoscintigraphy; gamma-probe

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Title

The role of sentinel node biopsy in breast cancer management: an overview

Journal

Nuclear Medicine Review

Issue

Vol 3, No 1 (2000)

Pages

77-81

Published online

2000-02-25

Bibliographic record

Nucl. Med. Rev 2000;3(1):77-81.

Keywords

breast
axillary nodes
sentinel node
dye
lymphoscintigraphy
gamma-probe

Authors

Mirella Mechella
M. Roselli
Francesco Scopinaro

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