New tracer for sentinel lymph node biopsy?


Question from DCarre: How much better is this new sentinel lymph node biopsy tracer (Lymphoseek) than the traditional methods used today? I received the blue dye/radio in my procedure but have been reading there's a more accurate drug up and coming? Thoughts?
Answers - Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. It seems that Lymphoseek is a new chemical similar to Lymphazurin (chemical name: isosulfan blue) blue dye which is traditionally used to map the sentinel node in staging breast cancer. Lymphoseek is a new product that has been looked at in early trials, but may be beneficial because the map time is shorter and at least in early trials, seems to map to fewer lymph nodes and may have a greater ability to identify just one or two lymph nodes more quickly.

On Tuesday, December 15, 2009, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Updates from the 2009 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Kathy Miller, M.D. and Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. answered your questions about the latest updates on breast cancer risk, screening techniques, treatment options, and more.

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