The patient is 62 year-old patient who felt a lump in her right breast and an ultrasound, mammogram and needle biopsy confirmed breast cancer.
The patient successfully underwent removal of the breast cancer while preserving the breast Breast-Conserving Surgery (BCS) and Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy (SLNB) avoiding the complications of a complete axillary lymph node arm swelling (lymphedema), numbness and shoulder weakness.
The patient underwent curative treatment for breast cancer and the final cosmetic outcome confirmed preservation of the breast contour and symmetry.
All women diagnosed with breast cancer should be considered for breast conservation surgery avoiding a total mastectomy.
For more information click American Cancer Society- Surgery for Breast Cancer
Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
What is a sentinel lymph node?
A sentinel lymph node is defined as the first lymph node to which cancer cells are most likely to spread from a primary tumor. Sometimes, there can be more than one sentinel lymph node.
What is a sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB)?
A sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) is a procedure in which the sentinel lymph node is identified, removed, and examined to determine whether cancer cells are present.
What are the benefits of SLNB?
SLNB avoids more extensive lymph node surgery. The complications of extensive lymph node surgery are-
Lymphedema or swelling of the arm
Seroma or the buildup of fluid at the site of the surgery
Numbness, tingling, or pain of the arm
For more information click National Cancer Institute– Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
Women with an average risk of breast cancer- most women – should begin yearly mammograms at age 45
From age 55 onwards, women should have mammograms every other year
Women who have routine mammograms have 25% less chances of dying from breast cancer than women who do not have mammograms.
For more information click American Cancer Society- Guidelines Screening Mammography