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The microanatomic location of metastatic breast cancer in sentinel lymph nodes predicts nonsentinel lymph node involvement.

van Deurzen CH, Seldenrijk CA, Koelemij R, van Hillegersberg R, Hobbelink MG, van Diest PJ - Ann. Surg. Oncol. (2008)

Bottom Line: Non-SN metastases were found in 136/357 cases (38%).Microanatomic location and penetrative depth of SN metastases were significant predictors for non-SN involvement (<0.001); limited penetrative depth was associated with a low frequency of non-SN involvement with a minimal of 10%.However, based on these features no subgroup of patients could be selected with less than 10% non-SN involvement.

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Affiliation: Department of Pathology, St Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands.

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Background: The majority of sentinel node (SN) positive breast cancer patients do not have additional non-SN involvement and may not benefit from axillary lymph node dissection (ALND). Previous studies in melanoma have suggested that microanatomic localization of SN metastases may predict non-SN involvement. The present study was designed to assess whether these criteria might also be used to be more restrictive in selecting breast cancer patients who would benefit from an ALND.

Methods: A consecutive series of 357 patients with invasive breast cancer and a tumor-positive axillary SN, followed by an ALND, was reviewed. Microanatomic SN tumor features (subcapsular, combined subcapsular and parenchymal, parenchymal, extensive localization, multifocality, and the penetrative depth from the SN capsule) were evaluated for their predictive value for non-SN involvement.

Results: Non-SN metastases were found in 136/357 cases (38%). Microanatomic location and penetrative depth of SN metastases were significant predictors for non-SN involvement (<0.001); limited penetrative depth was associated with a low frequency of non-SN involvement with a minimal of 10%.

Conclusions: Microanatomic location and penetrative depth of breast cancer SN metastases predict non-SN involvement. However, based on these features no subgroup of patients could be selected with less than 10% non-SN involvement.

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Flow chart showing distribution of SN AJCC classification according to non-SN involvement.
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Fig3: Flow chart showing distribution of SN AJCC classification according to non-SN involvement.

Mentions: Frequency of non-SN metastases in patients with SN ITC (N = 24), micro- (N = 112) and macrometastases (N = 221) was 12.5%, 23%, and 48%, respectively (P < 0.001, Fig. 3). Of those three patients with SN ITC and involved non-SNs, two had a non-SN micro- and one had a non-SN macrometastasis. One of these ITC was located in the parenchyma, the other two patients had a subcapsular location. Two of these three patients with SN ITC and non-SN involvement showed multiple small cell clusters and single cells in the SN.FIG. 3.


The microanatomic location of metastatic breast cancer in sentinel lymph nodes predicts nonsentinel lymph node involvement.

van Deurzen CH, Seldenrijk CA, Koelemij R, van Hillegersberg R, Hobbelink MG, van Diest PJ - Ann. Surg. Oncol. (2008)

Flow chart showing distribution of SN AJCC classification according to non-SN involvement.
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Fig3: Flow chart showing distribution of SN AJCC classification according to non-SN involvement.
Mentions: Frequency of non-SN metastases in patients with SN ITC (N = 24), micro- (N = 112) and macrometastases (N = 221) was 12.5%, 23%, and 48%, respectively (P < 0.001, Fig. 3). Of those three patients with SN ITC and involved non-SNs, two had a non-SN micro- and one had a non-SN macrometastasis. One of these ITC was located in the parenchyma, the other two patients had a subcapsular location. Two of these three patients with SN ITC and non-SN involvement showed multiple small cell clusters and single cells in the SN.FIG. 3.

Bottom Line: Non-SN metastases were found in 136/357 cases (38%).Microanatomic location and penetrative depth of SN metastases were significant predictors for non-SN involvement (<0.001); limited penetrative depth was associated with a low frequency of non-SN involvement with a minimal of 10%.However, based on these features no subgroup of patients could be selected with less than 10% non-SN involvement.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Pathology, St Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands.

ABSTRACT

Background: The majority of sentinel node (SN) positive breast cancer patients do not have additional non-SN involvement and may not benefit from axillary lymph node dissection (ALND). Previous studies in melanoma have suggested that microanatomic localization of SN metastases may predict non-SN involvement. The present study was designed to assess whether these criteria might also be used to be more restrictive in selecting breast cancer patients who would benefit from an ALND.

Methods: A consecutive series of 357 patients with invasive breast cancer and a tumor-positive axillary SN, followed by an ALND, was reviewed. Microanatomic SN tumor features (subcapsular, combined subcapsular and parenchymal, parenchymal, extensive localization, multifocality, and the penetrative depth from the SN capsule) were evaluated for their predictive value for non-SN involvement.

Results: Non-SN metastases were found in 136/357 cases (38%). Microanatomic location and penetrative depth of SN metastases were significant predictors for non-SN involvement (<0.001); limited penetrative depth was associated with a low frequency of non-SN involvement with a minimal of 10%.

Conclusions: Microanatomic location and penetrative depth of breast cancer SN metastases predict non-SN involvement. However, based on these features no subgroup of patients could be selected with less than 10% non-SN involvement.

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