Management of sentinel node re-mapping in patients who have second or recurrent breast cancer and had previous axillary procedures


Tokmak H., Kaban K., Muslumanoglu M., Demirel M., Aktan S.

WORLD JOURNAL OF SURGICAL ONCOLOGY, vol.12, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1186/1477-7819-12-205
  • Title of Journal : WORLD JOURNAL OF SURGICAL ONCOLOGY

Abstract

Background: In patients with recurrent or second primary ipsilateral breast cancer, axillary staging is the key factor in locoregional control and a strong prognostic characteristic. The efficient evaluation of lymphatic drainage of re-sentinel lymph node biopsies (re-SLNBs) has remained a challenge in the management of ipsilateral primary or recurrent breast cancer patients who are clinically lymph node negative. This study explores whether a SLNB for patients with primary or recurrent breast cancer is possible after previous axillary surgery. It evaluates potential reasons for mapping failure that might be associated with patients in this group.