Lymphatic mapping and sentinel node biopsy in breast cancer

SA McIntosh, AD Purushotham*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Background Sentinel lymph node biopsy is a recently developed, minimally invasive technique for staging the axilla in patients with breast cancer. It has been suggested that this technique will avoid the morbidity associated with more extensive axillary dissection. A wide range of different methods and materials has been employed for lymphatic mapping, but there has been little consensus on the most reliable and reproducible technique.

Methods This is a comprehensive review of all published literature on sentinel node biopsy in breast cancer, using the Medline and Embase databases and cross-referencing of major articles on the subject.

Results and conclusion Sentinel node biopsy is a valid technique in breast cancer management, providing valuable axillary staging information. The optimal technique of lymphatic mapping utilizes a combination of vital blue dye and radiolabelled colloid. However, there remain controversial issues which require to be resolved before sentinel node biopsy becomes a widely accepted part of breast cancer care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1347-1356
Number of pages10
JournalBritish Journal of Surgery
Volume85
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1998

Keywords

  • POLYMERASE CHAIN-REACTION
  • AXILLARY MICRO-METASTESES
  • INTERNAL MAMMARY NODES
  • GAMMA-PROBE
  • PROGNOSTIC-SIGNIFICANCE
  • CLINICAL-EVALUATION
  • RADICAL-MASTECTOMY
  • RANDOMIZED TRIAL
  • HISTOPATHOLOGIC VALIDATION
  • DYNAMIC LYMPHOSCINTIGRAPHY

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