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Eur J Surg Oncol. 2004 Sep;30(7):735-43.

Patients' and surgeons' perspectives on axillary surgery for breast cancer.

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INSERM U379, 13273 Marseille 9, France.

Abstract

AIMS:

The objectives of this study were to compare the postoperative morbidity of Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) and axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) and to compare the views of surgeons and patients regarding postoperative morbidity.

METHODS:

A prospective and comparative study was initiated to evaluate, 1 year after surgery, morbidity and sequelae after SLNB in 231 patients. Group I (n=141) underwent SLNB without ALND, group II (n=90) underwent SLNB followed by ALND when SLN where involved. Morbidity analysis was performed, respectively, by surgeons and patients.

RESULTS:

One hundred and eighty-five patients (80.5%) completed the questionnaire including 113 with SLNB alone, and 72 with ALND. One year after surgery, SLNB produced less morbidity than ALND for symptoms and function. There were significantly different assessments between surgeons and patients for pain, arm mobility and sensitiveness.

CONCLUSIONS:

One-year postoperative morbidity after SLNB is significantly lower than after ALND but views of surgeons and patients appears to be significantly different. Additional data are required to assess late consequences of axillary surgery.

PMID:
15296987
DOI:
10.1016/j.ejso.2004.05.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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