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Article: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy for Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know

Written by: Jessica M. Bensenhaver, MD, Kathleen M. Diehl, MD and Alfred E. Chang, MD

From: University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center Ann Arbor, Michigan

This technical article discusses how an outpatient dye tracing processes sentinel lymph node biopsy. SNLNB can provide lymph node mapping and outpatient excision for biopsy that may eliminate the need for the more invasive axillary lymph node dissection (ALND). Other advantages include more accurate assessment, more rapid healing of the incision, and much faster recuperation, with “most patients doing regular activities within a few days and back to exercising using the arm within a few weeks.”