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NCCN: Sentinel Node Biopsy Procedure for Breast Cancer Upgraded in Treatment Guidelines [03/04/2002; Doctor's Guide]

HOLLYWOOD, FL -- March 4, 2002 -- Despite lack of definitive evidence that sentinel node biopsy improves outcomes for women with Stage 1 or Stage 2 breast cancer, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has upgraded its breast cancer treatment guidelines to allow physicians the option of performing the procedure rather than complete axillary dissection.

"Even though sentinel node biopsy lacks the highest level of evidence that it improves survival, we have included it as a treatment option in our breast cancer treatment pathways," said Robert Carlson, MD, professor of medicine at Stanford University Medical Center, one of the 19 member organizations of the NCCN.

The new treatment algorithm was unveiled yesterday at the 7th annual NCCN meeting to revise guidelines and review outcomes research.

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