Novel intraoperative molecular test for sentinel lymph node metastases in patients with early-stage breast cancer
Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
The BLN Assay allows a rapid evaluation of 50% of each SLN. Comparison with permanent-section histology on adjacent node pieces evaluated by expert pathologists indicated that the BLN Assay was more sensitive than current intraoperative techniques while maintaining high specificity. These data indicate that the assay may be clinically useful for intraoperative or postoperative axillary lymph node dissection decisions.