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Sentinel Node Management

Axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) may not be necessary after neoadjuvant chemotherapy in most patients, according to investigators who found that sentinel lymph node (SLN) dissection correctly staged more than 90% of patients.

A study of the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, ACOSOG Z1071, evaluated whether SLN surgery may sufficiently substitute for ALND as a less invasive procedure.

Black women and other racial minorities are less likely than white women to receive sentinel lymph node (SLN) dissection as the standard of care for clinically node-negative breast cancer, and this has negative consequences, an analysis of the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER)/Medicare database suggested.


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