Role of sentinel lymph node biopsy in thyroid cancer

Jong Lyel Roh, Wayne Martin Koch

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Abstract

Lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) have emerged as a promising minimally invasive surgical technique to detect metastatic nodes in patients with melanoma and breast, colon, esophageal, gastric, lung, head and neck, and thyroid cancers. The SLNB procedure is safe and feasible, with high accuracy in predicting occult metastases of differentiated thyroid cancer. The sensitivity of the SLNB technique has increased as technical details and complementary immunohistochemical and molecular techniques have been developed. SLNB for thyroid cancer may display practical benefits in accurate nodal staging, the detection of metastatic lymph nodes outside the central neck, and the selection of patients who would benefit from complete neck dissection and optimized 131I ablation therapy. Currently, however, there is no direct evidence that SLNB is associated with long-term clinical and survival benefits in patients with thyroid cancer. Well-controlled prospective clinical trials will determine the clinical significance of occult metastases and their early detection by SLNB in patients with thyroid cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1429-1437
Number of pages9
JournalExpert Review of Anticancer Therapy
Volume10
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2010

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Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
Thyroid Neoplasms
Neoplasm Metastasis
Neck Dissection
Controlled Clinical Trials
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Patient Selection
Melanoma
Stomach
Colon
Breast
Neck
Lymph Nodes
Lung
Survival

Keywords

  • biopsy
  • clinical role
  • occult metastasis
  • sentinel lymph node
  • thyroid cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Oncology

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Role of sentinel lymph node biopsy in thyroid cancer. / Roh, Jong Lyel; Koch, Wayne Martin.

In: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy, Vol. 10, No. 9, 09.2010, p. 1429-1437.

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