Number of axillary lymph node metastases determined by preoperative ultrasound is related to prognosis in patients with breast cancer

Yuko Kijima, Heiji Yoshinaka, Munetsugu Hirata, Tadao Mizoguchi, Sumiya Ishigami, Akihiro Nakajo, Hideo Arima, Shinichi Ueno, Shoji Natsugoe

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Abstract

Objective: To analyze the impact on prognosis of the number of axillary lymph node metastases (LNM) detected by ultrasound (US) in patients with breast cancer.Methods: One-to-one comparison of LNM was performed between the ultrasound and histologic diagnosis in 380 patients. Results: The accuracy of preoperative ultrasound diagnosis was 79.7%. According to the subdivision of number of LNM (0, 1-3, 4-9, 10+), the accuracy rates associated with LNM were 82%, 49%, 34%, and 86%, respectively. The disease-free-survival curves according to the number of LNM were similar in them. Conclusion: Preoperative ultrasound can determine axillary involvement and may be useful for predicting prognosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-31
Number of pages12
JournalCancers
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 03-2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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