What are the ASCO guidelines for the use of sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) in the treatment of breast cancer?

Updated: Dec 27, 2019
  • Author: Pavani Chalasani, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: John V Kiluk, MD, FACS  more...
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A 2014 update on SLNB for patients with early-stage breast cancer by ASCO advises that SLNB may be offered to the following patients [184] :

  • Women with operable breast cancer and multicentric tumors

  • Women with DCIS who will be undergoing mastectomy

  • Women who previously underwent breast and/or axillary surgery

  • Women who received preoperative/neoadjuvant systemic therapy

According to the ASCO guidelines, SLNB should not be performed in patients with any of the following:

  • Large or locally advanced invasive breast cancer (tumor size T3/T4)

  • Inflammatory breast cancer

  • DCIS (when breast-conserving surgery is planned)

  • Pregnancy


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