Treatment for isolated tumor cells in sentinel node biopsy?


Question from SharonT: What are the latest treatment recommendations for isolated tumor cells found in a sentinel node biopsy? Will this finding be reclassified as node-positive cancer?
Answers - Eric Winer, M.D. I doubt that it will be reclassified; at present it is classified as node-negative cancer and it is treated as a node-negative breast cancer. We simply don't know the significance of isolated tumor cells, and in the largest and best study that has been done, there was no difference in outcome between women who had isolated tumor cells in a sentinel node and those who had a negative sentinel node.

On Wednesday, December 15, 2010, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Updates from the 2010 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Eric Winer, M.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answered your questions about the latest updates on breast cancer risk, screening, and treatment in early and metastatic breast cancer.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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