Prediction of non-SN involvement in patients with SN isolated tumor cells or micrometastases

Catherine Pesce, Charles M. Balch, Lisa Jacobs

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Sentinel lymph node biopsy has allowed improved staging of the axilla with reduced morbidity in breast cancer patients. However, as with any new technology there are questions as to how to best implement the technique into clinical practice. Changes in the staging system for breast cancer have incorporated sentinel lymph node biopsy findings, resulting in questions as to how to manage the remainder of the axilla when there is low volume disease in the sentinel lymph nodes. The use of the sentinel lymph node to predict additional positive nodes and to direct surgical management of the axilla and adjuvant systemic and radiation therapy is reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-106
Number of pages8
JournalBreast Disease
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2010



  • AJCC stage
  • axillary surgery
  • Breast cancer
  • predictive factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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