Detection of the sentinel lymph node

  • Luís Peralta Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa and Laboratório de Instrumentação e Partículas


In case of breast cancer spread the lymphatic system is the first organ to be infected. This makes this system a good indicator for cancer presence. The spread extension will be decisive in the choice of treatment to be made. When a breast tumor is detected usually two different techniques are employed: the extraction of the totality of the axilla nodes or the biopsy of the sentinel lymph node. The first case is a highly invasive procedure where 10 to 15 nodes are removed (ALND: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection). (...)

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