Intraoperative assessment of sentinel lymph nodes in breast cancer.

  title={Intraoperative assessment of sentinel lymph nodes in breast cancer.},
  author={David M. Layfield and Avi Agrawal and Henri Roch{\'e} and Ramsey I. Cutress},
  journal={The British journal of surgery},
  volume={98 1},
BACKGROUND Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) reduces the morbidity of axillary clearance and is the standard of care for patients with clinically node-negative breast cancer. The ability to analyse the sentinel node during surgery enables a decision to be made whether to proceed to full axillary clearance during primary surgery, thus avoiding a second procedure in node-positive patients. METHODS Current evidence for intraoperative sentinel node analysis following SLNB in breast cancer was… CONTINUE READING