Breast Cancer

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 354–361

Current technical overviews of sentinel lymph node biopsy for breast cancer

Review Article

DOI: 10.2325/jbcs.14.354

Cite this article as:
Sato, K. Breast Cancer (2007) 14: 354. doi:10.2325/jbcs.14.354

Abstract

Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) is based on the hypothesis that the sentinel lymph node (SLN) reflects the lymph-node status and a negative SLN might allow complete axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) to be avoided. Although the survival outcome is still unknown, this technique has already become a standard of care for breast cancer patients. However, it is still important to discuss current techniques and some controversies. This article reviews these issues for a variety of SLNB techniques.

Key words

Breast Cancer Sentinel Lymph Node Technique 

Abbreviations

SLNB

sentinel lymph node biopsy

ALND

axillary lymph node dissection

SLN

sentinel lymph node

99mTc

99m-technetium

MRI

magnetic resonance imaging

PET

positron emission tomography

Copyright information

© The Japanese Breast Cancer Society 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgerySelf-Defense Forces Central HospitalTokyoJapan

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