Axillary lymph node count is lower after neoadjuvant chemotherapy.

  title={Axillary lymph node count is lower after neoadjuvant chemotherapy.},
  author={Heather B. Neuman and Lisa A. Carey and David W. Ollila and Chad Livasy and Benjamin F. Calvo and Anthony A. Meyer and Hong Jin Kim and Michael Owen Meyers and Elizabeth Claire Dees and Fran A Collichio and Carolyn I. Sartor and Dominic T. Moore and Lynda R Sawyer and Jill F Frank and Nancy Klauber-DeMore},
  journal={American journal of surgery},
  volume={191 6},
BACKGROUND Retrieval of fewer than 10 lymph nodes at axillary dissection (ALND) for breast cancer can represent anatomic variation or inadequate dissection. We postulated that despite aggressive ALND, a lower lymph node count is more frequent after neoadjuvant chemotherapy. METHODS Patients who received neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by ALND were compared with patients who received surgery first. All patients received a level I and II ALND at a single institution by one of the breast… CONTINUE READING

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