Proceedings of the Consensus Conference on the Role of Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Carcinoma of the Breast April 19-22, 2001, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA.
Human Pathlogy (Impact Factor: 2.77). 07/2002; 33(6):579-89. DOI: 10.1046/j.1524-4741.2002.08315.x
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A consensus conference on the role of sentinel node biopsy in breast cancer was held in Philadelphia in April 2001. The participants included many highly respected American and European investigators in this area. This report summarizes the deliberations of the group and promotes its current guidelines for the integration of this new technique into contemporary clinical practice.

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    • "Other antigens for micrometastases detection of breast cancer are anti-human epidermal growth factor receptors (HER)2, anti-epithelial cell adhesion molecule (anti-EpCAM), and anti-MUC1 [23]. Although IHC staining for cytokeratin is not routinely advocated by any consensus recommendation, it is commonly used in routine practice in the United States and in many European countries [24-27]. SLN cytokeratin and epithelial membrane antigen IHC screening reported micrometastases in 9% to 30% of those cases, in which the lymph nodes were earlier declared negative on histopathology [28-30]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Breast cancer cure aims at complete elimination of malignant cells and essentially requires detection and treatment of any micrometastases. Here, we present a review of the current methods in use and the potential role of the quantum dots (QDs) in detection and visualization of sentinel lymph node and micrometastases in breast cancer patients. The traditional histopathological, immunohistochemical, and reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction procedures being used for micrometastases detection had serious drawbacks of high false negativity, specificity variations and false positivity of the results. Photon emission fluorescence multiplexing characteristics of the quantum dots make them potentially ideal probes for studying the dynamics of cellular processes over time such as continuous tracking of cell migration, differentiation, and metastases. In breast cancer, QDs based molecular and genomic detections had an unparallel high sensitivity and specificity.
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    • "Sentinel lymph node (SN) biopsy can accurately stage the axilla in early breast cancer, and it causes less morbidity than axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) [13], [17], [21]. It remains to be determined whether ALND is always required for women with positive SNs on final histology, given that 40% to 70% of these patients have no metastatic non-sentinel lymph nodes (non-SNs) [2], [3], [8], [15]. "
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    • "In contrast to melanoma and breast cancer, there is an absence of universal agreement on the definition of lymph node metastases in cervical cancer. Following the Philadelphia Consensus Conference on sentinel nodes in breast cancer [11], definitions have been proposed: macrometastases as a single focus of metastatic disease per node measuring more than 2 mm, micrometastases as a focus of metastatic disease ranging from 0.2 mm to no more than 2 mm and, in accordance with Marchiolé et al, submicrometastases as metastases measuring no more than 0.2 mm (including the presence of a single non-cohesive tumor cell) [12]. SLN and pelvic lymph nodes are considered positive when they contain macrometastases, micrometastases or submicrometastases. "
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