Although the sentinel node (SN) concept has been validated in malignant melanoma and breast cancer, the application of this concept for other solid tumors, including gastrointestinal (GI) cancer, is still controversial. We have demonstrated the feasibility of radioguided SN mapping during laparotomy in patients with esophageal, gastric, and colorectal cancers. In 188 patients, the SNs identified by this technique had an overall diagnostic accuracy of 96% for regional lymph node metastasis. Aberrant drainage sites that have been called skip metastasis from the primary lesion were detectable using this method. More recently, we have undertaken SN mapping during laparoscopic surgery. A combination of radiotracer and blue dye optimized the identification of SNs that drained GI cancers. Our preliminary data indicate that laparoscopic mapping of the SN is a sensitive intraoperative technique for identifying lymph node micrometastasis, and we believe that it will become an important component of a minimally invasive approach to early-stage GI cancers.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Annals of Surgical Oncology|
|Issue number||9 SUPPL.|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|
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