Regional recurrence in the era of sentinel lymph node biopsy

Maria E. Linnaus, Amylou Dueck, Heidi E. Kosiorek, Richard J. Gray, Nabil Wasif, Donald W Northfelt, Karen S. Anderson, Ann E. McCullough, William W. Wong, Michele Y. Halyard, Samir H. Patel, Barbara A Pockaj

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Background The incidence of all-location regional recurrence after sentinel lymph node biopsy is not well documented. This study attempts to identify risk factors. Methods A prospectively maintained database was queried to identify patients with a regional recurrence of breast cancer after a first operation for invasive unilateral breast cancer. Patients with regional recurrence were compared with those alive and disease free at 5 years. Results Twenty-one of 1,060 patients (2%) experienced a regional recurrence. Most patients (95%) underwent sentinel lymph node biopsy as their axillary staging. Those with regional recurrences had larger tumors (P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1155-1161
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015


  • Breast cancer
  • Regional recurrence
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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    Linnaus, M. E., Dueck, A., Kosiorek, H. E., Gray, R. J., Wasif, N., Northfelt, D. W., Anderson, K. S., McCullough, A. E., Wong, W. W., Halyard, M. Y., Patel, S. H., & Pockaj, B. A. (2015). Regional recurrence in the era of sentinel lymph node biopsy. American Journal of Surgery, 210(6), 1155-1161.