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Sentinel Node Biopsy for Breast Cancer (CoC, NAPBC)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Procedures
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: Commission on Cancer
Format: PDF
Most recent update: 04/01/2014
If you have breast cancer, there is a newer, simpler surgery to check your lymph nodes to see whether the cancer has spread. This operation removes just a few "sentinel" nodes, and is usually the better choice in early-stage cancer.