Occult axillary lymph node metastases are of no prognostic significance in breast cancer.
Bottom Line: The median follow-up was 18.9 years with 153 breast cancer related deaths.Multivariate analysis, however, showed that survival was related to tumour size and histological grade.This node-negative group was compared with a second group of 202 patients who had one involved axillary node found on initial assessment of the haematoxylin and eosin sections; survival was worse in the patients in whom a nodal metastasis was found at the time of surgery.
Affiliation: Hedley Atkins ICRF Breast Pathology Laboratory, Guy's Hospital, London SE1 9RT, UK.Show MeSH
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Affiliation: Hedley Atkins ICRF Breast Pathology Laboratory, Guy's Hospital, London SE1 9RT, UK.