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Clinicopathologic Features Associated With Having Four or More Metastatic Axillary Nodes in Breast Cancer Patients With a Positive Sentinel Lymph Node

By Michael S. Sabel, Kent A. Griffith, Aeisha K. Rivers, Alfred E. Chang, Amy C. Degnim, Vincent M. Cimmino, Kelly K. Hunt, Kathleen M. Diehl, Lisa A. Newman and Peter C. Lucas


The survival benefit of a completion axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) in patients after removal of a metastatic sentinel lymph node (SLN) is uncertain and is under study in ongoing clinical trials. The completion ALND remains necessary, however, for the identification of cases with at least four metastatic lymph nodes, in which extended-field locoregional and/or postmastectomy radiation will be recommended. Our goal was evaluate clinicopathologic features that might serve as surrogates for determining which patients with a positive SLN are likely or unlikely to belong to this high-risk subset

Publisher: Springer-Verlag; The Society of Surgical Oncology, Inc.
Year: 2006
DOI identifier: 10.1245/ASO.2006.03.080
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