Multicentre validation study of sentinel node biopsy for staging in breast cancer.

@article{Bergkvist2005MulticentreVS,
  title={Multicentre validation study of sentinel node biopsy for staging in breast cancer.},
  author={Leif A Bergkvist and Jan Frisell},
  journal={The British journal of surgery},
  year={2005},
  volume={92 10},
  pages={1221-4}
}
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to validate sentinel node biopsy for axillary staging after the initial learning phase, and to analyse factors associated with false-negative biopsies. METHODS Some 675 patients, who had standard sentinel node biopsy followed by level I and II axillary clearance in one of 20 hospitals in Sweden and were operated on by 36 different surgeons, were recruited prospectively. RESULTS The overall detection rate was 94.5 per cent. It varied between surgeons but… CONTINUE READING

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