Clinical Significance of Occult Micrometastases in Axillary Lymph Nodes in “Node‐negative” Breast Cancer Patients

@inproceedings{Umekita2002ClinicalSO,
  title={Clinical Significance of Occult Micrometastases in Axillary Lymph Nodes in “Node‐negative” Breast Cancer Patients},
  author={Yoshihisa Umekita and Yasuyo Ohi and Yoshiatsu Sagara and Hiroki Yoshida},
  booktitle={Japanese journal of cancer research : Gann},
  year={2002}
}
The most important subgroup of breast cancer patients for whom reliable prognostic indicators are needed is women without axillary lymph node metastases. We evaluated the clinical significance of occult micrometastases in axillary lymph nodes in 148 consecutive "node-negative" breast cancer patients. The median age of the patients at surgery was 52 years and the median follow-up period after surgery was 98.5 months. Occult micrometastases were detected in 21 of 148 patients (14.2%) by means of… CONTINUE READING

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