Node staging today

  • José Luís Fougo Centro Hospitalar de São João e Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto, Portugal
  • Fernando Osório Centro Hospitalar de São João e Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto, Portugal
  • Susy Costa Centro Hospitalar de São João e Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto, Portugal
  • André Magalhães Centro Hospitalar de São João e Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto, Portugal


The need to perform an Axillary Dissection when the Sentinel Node is metastasized, in Breast Cancer patients, is being questioned. Most part of the patients do not have any additional metastasis in the Non Sentinel Nodes and, in many cases, the decision to perform adjuvant treatments is not dependent on the axillary nodes analysis. The recent publication of the randomized trial ACOSOG Z0011 launched the discussion on the need and usefulness of the axillary lymph node dissection.

Keywords: Breast Cancer; Node Staging, Sentinel Node, Non-Sentinel Node, Axillary Radiotherapy, Lymphedema. 


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How to Cite
FOUGO, José Luís et al. Node staging today. Revista Portuguesa de Cirurgia, [S.l.], n. 27, p. 77-83, jan. 2014. ISSN 2183-1165. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 22 june 2024.
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