Long-Term Morbidity of Sentinel Node Biopsy Versus Complete Axillary Dissection for Unilateral Breast Cancer

@article{CraneOkada2008LongTermMO,
  title={Long-Term Morbidity of Sentinel Node Biopsy Versus Complete Axillary Dissection for Unilateral Breast Cancer},
  author={Rebecca Crane-Okada and Robert A. Wascher and David Elashoff and Armando E. Giuliano},
  journal={Annals of Surgical Oncology},
  year={2008},
  volume={15},
  pages={1996-2005}
}
Postoperative changes after axillary lymph node surgery may significantly alter breast cancer survivors’ (BCS) quality of life. Although sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) has less immediate morbidity than axillary lymph node dissection (ALND), its long-term impact on shoulder abduction, arm swelling, and neurosensory changes has not been evaluated. The purpose of this study was to compare long-term morbidity after SLNB or ALND and breast-conservation surgery. Female BCS who remained free of… CONTINUE READING