Observational study of blue dye-assisted four-node sampling for axillary staging in early breast cancer.

@article{Narui2010ObservationalSO,
  title={Observational study of blue dye-assisted four-node sampling for axillary staging in early breast cancer.},
  author={Kazutaka Narui and Takashi Ishikawa and Ayako Kito and David M Shimizu and Takashi Chishima and Nobuyoshi Momiyama and Yukari Ichikawa and Takanori Sasaki and Akinori Nozawa and Yoshiaki Inayama and Hideo Shimada and Itaru Endo},
  journal={European journal of surgical oncology : the journal of the European Society of Surgical Oncology and the British Association of Surgical Oncology},
  year={2010},
  volume={36 8},
  pages={731-6}
}
BACKGROUND The use of radioisotopes (RIs) is regulated and not all institutions have nuclear medicine facilities for sentinel node biopsy (SNB). We previously reported blue dye-assisted four-node axillary sampling (4NAS/dye) to be a suitable method for detecting sentinel nodes (SNs) without RIs. Here, we present an interim report on an observational study of this technique. METHODS From May 2003 to June 2008, 234 early breast cancer patients underwent SNB with 4NAS/dye. Lymphatic mapping was… CONTINUE READING

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