stratification of axillary lymph node metastasis burden with standard breast MRI in breast cancer
Jieying Chen1, Xiaolian Su1, Tingting Xu1, Qifeng Luo2, Jilei Zhang3, Lin Zhang1, and Guangyu Tang1
1Department of Radiology, Shanghai Tenth People’s Hospital, Tongji University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China, 2Department of General Surgery, Shanghai Tenth People’s Hospital, Tongji University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China, 3Philips Healthcare, Shanghai, China
Assessment of axillary lymph node metastasis burden before surgery in breast cancer patients is warranted for axillary management. This study developed a simple model based on the standard breast MRI features of breast tumor and axillary lymph node to differentiate patients with no, low or heavy axillary metastasis burden. With the help of this model, patients and clinicians would make more rational decision when to choose omitting surgery, sentinel lymph node biopsy or axillary lymph node dissection for axilla management.
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