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Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy to Assess Axillary Lymph Nodes in Women With Stage I or Stage II Breast Cancer

Information source: National Cancer Institute (NCI)
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 23, 2015
Link to the current ClinicalTrials.gov record.

Condition(s) targeted: Breast Cancer

Intervention: patent blue V dye (Drug); conventional surgery (Procedure); lymphangiography (Procedure); radionuclide imaging (Procedure); sentinel lymph node biopsy (Procedure); Technetium Tc 99m human serum albumin colloid (Radiation)

Phase: Phase 2

Status: Active, not recruiting

Sponsored by: Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Gerald Gui, MD, MS, FRCS(Edin), FRCS(Eng), Study Chair, Affiliation: Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust


RATIONALE: Diagnostic procedures such as sentinel lymph node biopsy may improve the ability to detect breast cancer and determine the extent of disease. PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of sentinel lymph node biopsy to assess axillary lymph nodes in women who have stage I or stage II breast cancer.

Clinical Details

Official title: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in the Assessment of Axillary Nodal Status in Operable Breast Cancer

Study design: Primary Purpose: Treatment

Detailed description: OBJECTIVES:

- Compare sentinel node biopsy vs axillary dissection in determining axillary nodal

status in women with resectable stage I or II breast cancer. OUTLINE: Patients are stratified according to node status (positive vs negative). Patients undergo lymphoscintigraphy, which consists of technetium Tc 99m human serum albumin colloid being injected near the tumor. Dynamic imaging using a gamma camera is performed for 20 minutes postinjection and static images are obtained for up to 3 hours postinjection. Surgery is performed within 24 hours of lymphoscintigraphy. Patients are injected with patent blue V dye near the tumor and a gamma detection probe is used to measure radioactive counts in the sentinel node. Surgery begins within 5 minutes of the patent blue V dye injection. All lymph nodes that stain blue or have a high radioactive count are removed. The primary breast lump is removed by either wide local excision or mastectomy and the axilla are cleared by standard axillary dissection. Some patients may only receive patent blue V dye injected as a pilot study. Sentinel lymph node biopsy and axillary dissection proceed as above. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 150 patients (75 per stratum) will be accrued for the main study plus another 50 patients for the pilot study.


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Female.



- Diagnosis of stage I or II invasive breast cancer by triple assessment:

- Clinically

- Mammogram and/or ultrasound

- Fine needle cytology

- Resectable disease by either wide local excision or mastectomy with axillary


- No ductal carcinoma in situ

- Hormone receptor status:

- Not specified


- 18 and over


- Female

Menopausal status:

- Not specified

Performance status:

- Not specified

Life expectancy:

- Not specified


- Not specified


- Not specified


- Not specified


- Not pregnant

- No known allergy to vital blue dye

- No mental illness or handicap that would preclude study entry

- No other severe illness that would preclude study participation


- Not specified


- Not specified

Endocrine therapy:

- Not specified


- Not specified


- See Disease Characteristics

Locations and Contacts

Royal Brompton National, Heart and Lung Hospital, London, England SW3 6NP, United Kingdom

Royal Marsden NHS Trust, London, England SW3 6JJ, United Kingdom

St. George's Hospital, London, England SW17 0QT, United Kingdom

Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton, England SM2 5PT, United Kingdom

Additional Information

Clinical trial summary from the National Cancer Institute's PDQ® database

Starting date: December 1998
Last updated: November 5, 2013

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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