Staged sentinel lymph node biopsy before mastectomy facilitates surgical planning for breast cancer patients.

@article{KlauberDeMore2005StagedSL,
  title={Staged sentinel lymph node biopsy before mastectomy facilitates surgical planning for breast cancer patients.},
  author={Nancy Klauber-DeMore and Benjamin F. Calvo and Charles Scott Hultman and Hong Jin Kim and Michael Owen Meyers and Lynn A Damitz and Jill S Frank and Karen B Stitzenberg and Carolyn I. Sartor and David W. Ollila},
  journal={American journal of surgery},
  year={2005},
  volume={190 4},
  pages={595-7}
}
BACKGROUND In patients with breast cancer who choose mastectomy with immediate reconstruction, the sentinel lymph node (SLN) status on permanent histology may complicate treatment if a metastasis is found. The purpose of this study was to determine how performing an SLN biopsy (SLNB) before the definitive operation would influence subsequent surgical procedures. METHODS Our SLN database was searched for patients who underwent staged SLNB with subsequent mastectomy between 2001 and 2004… CONTINUE READING