C A P Wauters

Canisius-Wilhelmina Ziekenhuis, Nymegen, Gelderland, Netherlands

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Publications (3)9.97 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Internationally, there is no consensus on the pathology protocol to be used to examine the sentinel lymph node (SN) in breast cancer patients. Previously, we reported that ultra-staging led to more axillary lymph node dissections (ALND). The question was, whether ultra-staging is effective in reducing the risk of regional relapse. METHODS: From January 2002 to July 2003, 541 patients from 4 hospitals were prospectively registered when they underwent a SN biopsy. In hospitals A, B, and C, 3 levels of the SN were examined pathologically, whereas in hospital D at least 7 additional levels were examined. Patients with a positive SN, including isolated tumor cells, underwent an ALND. This analysis focuses on the 341 patients with a negative SN. Primary endpoint was 5-year regional recurrence rate. RESULTS: In hospital D 34% of the patients had a negative SN as compared to 71% in hospitals A, B, and C combined (p < 0.001). At 5 years follow-up, 9 (2.6%) patients had developed a regional lymph node relapse. In hospital D none of the patients had a regional recurrence, as compared to 9 (2.9%) cases of recurrence in hospitals A, B, and C. CONCLUSION: The less intensified SN pathology protocol appeared to be associated with a slightly increased risk of regional recurrence. The absolute risk was still less than 3%, and does not seem to justify the intensified SN pathology protocol of hospital D.
    European journal of surgical oncology: the journal of the European Society of Surgical Oncology and the British Association of Surgical Oncology 02/2013; · 2.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to conduct a multicentre data analysis to identify prognostic factors for developing an axillary recurrence (AR) after negative sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) in a large cohort of breast cancer patients with long follow-up. The prospective databases from different hospitals of clinically node negative breast cancer patients operated on between, 2000 and 2002 were analyzed. SLNB was performed and pathological analysis done by local pathologists according to national guidelines. Adjuvant treatment was given according to contemporary guidelines. Multivariate analysis was performed using all available variables, a p-value of <0,05 was considered to be significant. A total of 929 patients who did not undergo axillary lymph node dissection were identified. After a median follow up of 77 (range 1-106) months, fifteen patients developed an isolated AR (AR rate 1,6%). Multivariate analysis showed that young age (p = 0.007) and the absence of radiotherapy (p = 0.010) significantly increased the risk of developing an AR. Distant metastasis free survival (DMFS) was significantly worse for patients with an AR compared to all other breast cancer patients (p < 0,0001). Even after long-term follow up, the risk of developing an AR after a negative SLN in breast cancer is low. Young age and absence of radiation therapy are highly significant factors for developing an axillary recurrence. DMFS is worse for AR patients compared to patients initially diagnosed with N0 or N1 disease.
    European journal of surgical oncology: the journal of the European Society of Surgical Oncology and the British Association of Surgical Oncology 05/2012; 38(10):925-31. · 2.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Orderly progression of nodal metastases has been described for melanoma and breast cancer. The first draining lymph node, the sentinel node, is also the first to contain metastases and accurately predicts nodal status. The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of lymphatic mapping and sentinel node biopsy in colorectal cancer. In 50 patients with colorectal cancer patent blue dye was injected around the tumour. After resection of the tumour the specimen was examined to identify blue-stained lymph nodes. Routine histopathological examination was performed on all nodes and the blue, haematoxylin and eosin-stained tumour-negative nodes were tested immunohistochemically. Lymphatic mapping was possible in 35 of 50 patients (70 per cent). Pathological examination with haematoxylin and eosin staining showed lymph node metastases in 20 of 35 patients. In eight of these 20 patients the blue nodes showed tumour, while in 12 the blue nodes were not involved. This represents a false-negative rate of 60 per cent. Lymphatic mapping using patent blue dye is feasible in colorectal cancer. The blue-stained nodes do not predict nodal status of the remaining lymph nodes in the resected specimen. The concept of lymphatic mapping and sentinel node identification is not valid for colorectal cancer.
    British Journal of Surgery 05/1999; 86(4):482-6. · 4.84 Impact Factor