Kevin R. Fox, MD
Last Modified: October 27, 2002
Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"
When one of the lymph nodes is positive out of four that have been removed, is a full axillary dissection always recommended? I have a positive node by sentinel lymph node biopsy, but no one has suggested that I need a full axillary dissection.
Kevin R. Fox, MD, Assistant Director, Clinical Affairs and Associate Professor of Hematology/Oncology at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, responds:The current standard recommendation is a full axillary dissection for all patients with a positive sentinel lymph node biopsy. You should discuss this with your physicians or seek a second opinion if you are not comfortable with their response.
Feb 9, 2011 - Patients who have limited sentinel lymph node metastatic breast cancer have similar survival rates when treated with sentinel lymph node dissection or axillary lymph node dissection, according to a study published in the Feb. 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Feb 9, 2011