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Background: Sentinel lymph node biopsy seems to be a promising new method for determining axillary status in breast cancer. The method helps to reduce morbidity, and an increased number of micrometastases are detected in the sentinel nodes by which patients with a less favourable outcome are identified. However, no long-term follow-up data is available.(More)
AIMS The purpose of this study was to examine the outcome of shoulder-arm morbidity in patients with breast cancer after various axillary staging procedures. We used a new specific summation score to compare conventional axillary node dissection (AD) and sentinel node only biopsy for postoperative shoulder-arm morbidity. METHODS Eighty-five patients(More)
Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) has become an accurate alternative to axillary lymph node dissection for early breast cancer. However, data are still insufficient as regards the combination of SLNB with preoperative chemotherapy (PC). The Austrian Sentinel Node Study Group investigated 167 patients who underwent SLNB and axillary lymph node dissection(More)
INTRODUCTION In many countries sentinel node biopsy (SNB) has become the standard of care in breast cancer based on a large number of observational studies but without results from prospective randomized trials. The goal of our study was to evaluate the oncological safety of the SNB in breast cancer in a multicenter, nonrandomized setting with comparable(More)
PURPOSE Multicentric breast cancer has been considered to be a contraindication for sentinel node (SN) biopsy (SNB). In this prospective multi-institutional trial, SNB-feasibility and accuracy was evaluated in 142 patients with multicentric cancer from the Austrian Sentinel Node Study Group (ASNSG) and compared with data from 3,216 patients with unicentric(More)
AIMS In the face of major tendency towards midwifery-led-care it was our purpose to investigate the extent of the influence of the midwife on the rates of obstetric procedures and perinatal outcome. METHODS 5384 consecutive deliveries at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Graz, were enrolled in the study. The following data were(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to evaluate the outcome of patients with stented abdominal aortic aneurysms who had to undergo open aneurysm repair with partial or total stent-graft removal. METHODS Between October 1996 and December 2003, 117 patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms underwent endovascular repair. When open surgery was necessary(More)
BACKGROUND Axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) may not be necessary in women with breast cancer who have micrometastasis in a sentinel node (SN), owing to the low risk of non-SN (NSN) involvement. The aim of this study was to identify a subgroup of women with a micrometastatic SN and a negligible risk of positive NSNs in whom ALND may be avoided. (More)
Preoperative breast biopsy might cause disaggregation of tumour cells and tumour cell spread. The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of preoperative biopsy on the rate of metastases to the sentinel lymph node (SLN) of patients with primary breast cancer. We report the results of 2502 patients with primary breast cancer, who were operated,(More)
AIM OF THE STUDY Intraoperative frozen section (FS) examination of the Sentinel node (SN) in breast cancer patients is questioned due to the relatively high number of positive SN(s) found in the permanent histological examination. This study reviews the data of the Austrian sentinel node study group on FS examination of the SN and tries to identify patients(More)