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To help doctors give their patients the best possible care, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) asks its medical experts to develop evidence-based recommendations for the use of sentinel lymph node biopsy for early-stage breast cancer. This guide for patients is based on ASCO's recommendations.
- A sentinel lymph node biopsy is a procedure that helps the doctor know whether breast cancer has spread to the lymph nodes.
- An axillary lymph node dissection may also be needed to understand how the cancer has spread.
- Talk with your doctor about what kind of procedure is recommended to diagnose cancer and what the results will mean.