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Sentinel node biopsy in breast cancer has a greater node positivity rate than axillary node sample

Sentinel node biopsy in breast cancer has a greater node positivity rate than axillary node sample : results from a retrospective analysis

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Original languageEnglish
Pages662-669
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Surgical Oncology
Journal publication dateAug 2012
Journal number8
Volume38
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StatePublished

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Sentinel node biopsy as a surgical method of axillary staging for early breast cancer has been widely accepted as an alternative to traditional four-node axillary node sampling, and is the recommended technique by the Association of Breast Surgery in the United Kingdom. In selected units axillary sampling has been compared with either radioisotope sentinel node or blue dye only techniques with comparable node positivity rates. There are no studies directly comparing combined method sentinel node biopsy (SNB) with conventional axillary (four) node sampling (ANS). METHODS: Data for all patients undergoing axillary staging by axillary node sample or sentinel node biopsy were collected, including those proceeding to axillary clearance as a second procedure, but excluding those undergoing axillary clearance as a first procedure. RESULTS: From January 2005 to January 2011, 641 axillary staging procedures were performed (SNB n=231 (36.0%), ANS n=410 (64.0%)). Baseline tumour characteristics were similar for the two groups except for a higher frequency of breast conservation in the SNB group (95.6 vs. 75.6%; p

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