Innovation in early breast cancer surgery: Radio-guided occult lesion localization and sentinel node biopsy

G. Paganelli, U. Veronesi

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Abstract

The surgical management of non-palpable breast lesions remains controversial. At the European Institute of Oncology we have introduced a new technique, radio-guided occult lesion localization (ROLL) to replace standard methods and overcome their disadvantages. Regarding axillary dissection, probe-guided biopsy of the sentinel node (SN) is easy to apply, and the whole procedure is associated to a low risk of false negatives. We suggest that the SN technique should be widely adopted to stage the axilla in patients with breast cancer with clinically negative lymph nodes. Large-scale implementation of the sentinel node technique will reduce the cost of treatment as a result of shorter hospitalization times.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-627
Number of pages3
JournalNuclear Medicine Communications
Volume23
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • Non-palpable lesions
  • Sentinel node

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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