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Breast Cancer Research

Volume 10 Supplement 3

Symposium Mammographicum 2008

Open Access

The developing role of mammographers in performing sentinel node injections in a specialist breast care centre

  • A Kelly1,
  • AM Kelly1 and
  • J Kopman1
Breast Cancer Research200810(Suppl 3):P56

Published: 7 July 2008

The purpose of the present poster is to highlight the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of a mammographer-led sentinel node injection session within a specialist breast care centre. The axillary lymph node status provides the most important staging information and offers improved regional control. Sentinel lymph node biopsy has been reported as providing a safe and sensitive method of predicting axillary metastases and can help prevent unnecessary axillary surgery in a number of breast cancer patients [1]. Sentinel node injections have developed into a significant aspect of the mammographer's role expansion and have become fundamental in a specialised breast care centre. Utilisation of mammographer's skills in an extended role has increased motivation and job satisfaction and has provided career enhancement. Mammo-grapher-led sentinel node injection sessions have reduced the inpatient stay, improved the patient's journey and reduced the dose of radioisotope given to the patient.

Authors’ Affiliations

Nightingale Centre and Genesis Prevention Centre, Manchester, UK


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