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Axillary lymph node dissection in patients with breast cancer and sentinel lymph node micrometastasis or isolated tumor cells: is it necessary?

Authors
  • Attene, Federico
  • Paliogiannis, Panagiotis
  • Scognamillo, Fabrizio
  • Trignano, Emilio
  • Pala, Carlo
  • Trignano, Mario
Type
Published Article
Journal
Tumori Journal
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2012
Volume
98
Issue
3
Pages
320–323
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1700/1125.12399
PMID: 22825507
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Results suggest that micrometastasis or isolated tumor cells of the sentinel lymph node represent the only site of cancer involvement of the axilla, especially in patients with early breast tumors, and that axillary lymph node dissection may be unnecessary in these cases and represent an overtreatment.

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