This is very interesting and it is my understanding that the SLNB is still an excellent prognostic tool and would indicate further treatments, but apparently it does not guarantee any overall survival advantage. The thinking all along has been that SLNB actually saves lives by removing the positive nodes. I’d like an expert to weigh in on this!
According to our Scientific Board member, Keith Flaherty,
“I interpret this study as more strong evidence that sentinel node biopsy provides powerful prognostic information and will continue to be essential in knowing who to treat with adjuvant therapy as we develop better and better adjuvant treatments.”
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