I have breast cancer, can I do a sentinal lymph node biopsy before I decide on which procedure to do (lumpectomy or mastectomy)?

Yes. Sentinel node biopsy can be done prior to breast surgery for a variety if reasons, such as before neoadjuvant chemotherapy (to stage patients). Before mastectomy (to determine if radiation is needed or reconstruction can be done), etc. It is not commonly done to help decide between lumpectomy and mastectomy, so it is important to review how the sln results would impact your decision.
Yes. In fact, that is exactly what some women do before starting pre-operative chemotherapy. First, they have their sentinel node biopsy, then they have their chemotherapy and finally they have their surgery, either lumpectomy or mastectomy.
Sentinel Lymph Node. It doesn't make much sense to do a sentinel lymph node biopsy before surgery. The sentinel lymph node biopsy is done at the same time as your surgery in order to stage the tumor. The top priority here is to get your tumor out. Hopefully your surgeon would have explained to you that there is no difference in survival or cancer recurrence whether you choose mastectomy or lumpectomy as your treatment.

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My friend has breast cancer. She says she needs a sentinel lymph node biopsy. What is that?

Removing a few nodes. A sentinel node biopsy means removing several lymph nodes in the chain of armpit lymph nodes. Blue dye and/or radioactivity is injected into the breast.The first armpit lymph nodes that "light up" are removed and examined for cancer cells. We know that cancer cells travel through lymph nodes in order. If the sentinel lymph nodes are negative, the others are assumed to be negative as well. Read more...
Node staging. With invasive cancer, ax nodes are often the 1st site away from the breast. Staging used to be removing the ax fat pad w/12-15 nodes. As most pts are node neg at dx, removing the 1st node(s) in the chain (sentinel or predictive) gives the same or better staging info wi/less morbidity. These nodes are mapped by dye injection at surgery which travels to the nodes as cancer cells would potentially. Read more...
Staging procedure. This is a surgical procedure that is usually performed at the same time as the breast procedure. A radiotracer and/or blue dye is injected into the breast. These travel through the lymphatic system and stop in the first draining lymph node. A small incision is made in the armpit and the surgeon removes the lymph node that has the blue dye and the radiotracer. This node is studied for cancer. Read more...
A surgical procedure. This is a surgical procedure to identify the first node that receives drainage from the site of the cancer, and is thus the node most likely to have cancer if cancer has spread. It is done routinely for breast cancer. The node is removed and examined under the microscope for cancer. The results will help determine what additional treatments may be needed. Read more...

O had surgery for positive breast cancer. Is sentinel lymph node biopsy accurate for breast cancer surgery. Node was negative.

Yes they are. by now sentinel lymph node are the standard of care for breast cancer surgery and staging, and yes they are very accurate. node is negative is a very good news that will make the cancer early stage and hopefully cureable. Read more...

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 I had radical bilateral mastectomy chemo and radiation I had metastasis to the rib in 2006 and 2010 recent biopsy of lymph nodes on the left upper chest near my clavicle and neck showed adenocarcinoma what treatm

Chemo and/or radiati. Your case is too complicated for a simple answer. You need to be in a cancer center where your treatment can be tailored to what your specific case requires. Sorry i can't provide more info. Read more...
Many options. I agree with the other answer: need more information. You may need hormonal, chemo and/or biologic treatment. Many good chances to get better. Good luck! Read more...

Right breast cancer, no lymph node taken out. Had mastectomy, clear margins, 1.2 cm tumor, mitotic rate 1, grade 1, total score 5. Treatment recommend?

Watch. If mastectomy performed, no RT needed. The chance of nodal involvement appearing later is a possibility. It seems when tumor spreads to lymph nodes, the disease remains in the lymph node chain and will not metastasize to other organs such as lung, liver, or bone. When nodes are left to expand, they extend to level 3 nodes, then eventually impinge on axillary vein, a reason for resection. Read more...

32 yo, breast cancer stage 1b, double mastectomy, micrometastasis in one lymph node. TCH treatment, followed by radiation. Prognosis thoughts????

Prognosis is good! I would need more information to be definitive but with a small primary tumor (stage 1) and only micrometastasis in one node, your prognosis should be relatively good. Since you received TCH, it is obvious that you had her2 positive breast cancer so your prognosis is less favorable than had her2 not been positive. However, 5 year survival in excess of 85% is shown in recent studies with TCH. Read more...