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Critical Reviews™ in Oncogenesis
SJR: 0.631 SNIP: 0.503 CiteScore™: 2

ISSN Imprimir: 0893-9675
ISSN En Línea: 2162-6448

Critical Reviews™ in Oncogenesis

DOI: 10.1615/CritRevOncog.2016016174
pages 19-23

Surgical Lymphadenectomy: The Impact of Sentinel Node Mapping in Breast Cancer

Steven L. Chen
OasisMD, 8901 Activity Rd., San Diego, CA 92126


Lymphatic mapping continues to grow in utility both as a diagnostic aid and as a method for performing less morbid, potentially therapeutic lymphadenectomies. Its use in breast cancer has become the standard of care for staging and sentinel lymph node dissection is considered sufficiently therapeutic for low-volume axillary disease. Lymphatic mapping has re-emphasized the importance of adequate lymphatic staging both in terms of the amount of lymph nodes resected and the amount of each lymph node that is assessed. Going forward, these concepts continue to be adopted into other tumors, with active investigations ongoing in gastrointestinal cancers, head and neck cancers, and gynecologic cancers.