An axillary recurrence of breast cancer following a negative sentinel lymph node biopsy

Tina W.F. Yen, Gary N. Mann, Thomas J. Lawton, Robert B. Livingston, Benjamin O. Anderson

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Abstract

In many parts of the United States, lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node biopsy has almost replaced axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) as the axillary staging procedure of choice for small, clinically node-negative breast cancers. However, the long-term outcome of patients undergoing a sentinel lymph node biopsy as the only axillary procedure in patients with tumor-free sentinel nodes remains to be determined. We present the first reported case of axillary recurrence in a patient with breast cancer following a tumor-negative sentinel lymph node biopsy. Whether sentinel lymph node biopsy can replace ALND in the management of patients with early breast cancer remains to be answered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)234-236
Number of pages3
JournalBreast Journal
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2003

Keywords

  • Axillary recurrence
  • Breast cancer
  • Sentinel lymph node

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Oncology

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