Occult metastases in breast cancer

Cummings, M. C. (2003) Occult metastases in breast cancer. Cancer Forum, 27 2: 95-97.


Author Cummings, M. C.
Title Occult metastases in breast cancer
Journal name Cancer Forum   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0311-306X
Publication date 2003-07-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Volume 27
Issue 2
Start page 95
End page 97
Total pages 3
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publisher Cancer Council of Australia
Language eng
Subject 110316 Pathology (excl. Oral Pathology)
Abstract Many patients survive breast cancer. Until newer, probably molecular, indicators are determined, axillary lymph node status remains the key parameter that determines both disease-free and overall survival in patients with breast cancer. Metastases are missed because they are not actually included in the initial haematoxylin and eosin stained section of the node, or sometimes they are present but are not identified by the pathologist for one reason or another. The more thoroughly a node is analysed, the more likely secondary tumours are to be found. Cutting levels through lymph nodes and performing immunohistochemical stains is time consuming and expensive and the amount of effort applied has to be proportional to the expected yield. (non-author abstract)
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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