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A Journal on Surgery

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Minerva Chirurgica 2010 October;65(5):547-54


Can axillary lymph node dissection be omitted in patients with breast cancer and positive sentinel nodes?

Dominici L., Golshan M.

Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

Sentinel lymph node biopsy has evolved as the surgical procedure of choice for women with clinically negative axillae, as part of an effort to move toward the less invasive surgical management of breast cancer. Axillary lymph node dissection remains the standard of care for patients with a positive axillary node and was previously performed on all patients with breast cancer prior to the implementation of the sentinel lymph node biopsy. There is, however, controversy regarding whether or not all patients with a positive sentinel lymph node need to undergo completion axillary dissection for either prognostic or therapeutic purposes. This article reviews the literature related to this controversial and evolving topic.

language: English


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