Predictors of nonsentinel node metastasis in patients with breast cancer after sentinel node metastasis
Carcinoma, Ductal, Breast
Although primary tumor size and micrometastases correlate with the status of the NSLNs, extranodal extension is the most important independent predictor of NSLN metastasis. These findings may ultimately spare patients a full axillary lymph node dissection. However, pending results of larger clinical trials, full axillary lymph node dissection is still recommended for patients with sentinel lymph node metastases.