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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 77-80

Sentinel lymph node assessment by radioactive isotope in early breast cancer patients


1 Department of Clinical Oncology and Nuclear Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt
2 Department of Surgical Oncology, National Cancer Institute, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Sherif M Elhadidy
Department of Clinical Oncology and Nuclear Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura - 31155
Egypt
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/bmfj.bmfj_106_17

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Background and aim The objective of this study was to report the role of sentinel lymph node assessment by radioactive isotope in early breast cancer (BC) patients. Patients and methods This is a prospective study conducted at National Cancer Institute (NCI), Cairo, Egypt, between January 2015 and December 2016. Sentinel lymph nodes were assessed after injection of 99mTc sodium pertechnetate in 60 early BC patients without clinically palpable lymph node. The patients underwent sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) with frozen section examination. Data collected included the characteristics of patients, sentinel nodes (SNs), and SLNB results. Results Sixty patients had 62 tumors. SN was identified in 58 patients having 60 tumors (96.7%). No SN was found intraoperatively in two patients. Frozen section results showed that two patients were SN negative, whereas 58 patients were SN-positive and subsequently underwent immediate axillary lymph node dissection. Conclusion The obtainable results from our local study in SLNB in BC concur with those seen in published similar literature.


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