Carolina Breast & Oncologic Surgery is proud to be fully accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).


About the NAPBC...

The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with breast diseases. This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education. The NAPBC board is comprised of professionals from 15 national organizations reflecting the full spectrum of breast care. Carolina Breast has voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of performance by the NAPBC. During the process, our center has demonstrated compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women diagnosed with the

full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. A breast center achieving NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease, offering:

Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services
A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
Information about new treatment options

And, most importantly, Quality breast care close to home.

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A sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) is used to determine whether cancer cells are present in the sentinel lymph node. The SLN is removed and examined carefully for signs of abnormalities or cancerous cells.

A negative SLNB result would signify that cancer has not spread to nearby lymph nodes as well as other organs. If the test reveals a positive SLNB result, this would indicate that cancer is present in the sentinel lymph node. It would also be a sign that the cancer may have spread to other nearby lymph nodes (regional lymph nodes) or even, possibly, other organs. This allows your doctor to determine the appropriate treatment plan based on the stage of the cancer.

What happens during the procedure

Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy surgery may be an outpatient procedure or can require a short stay at the hospital. During the procedure, a dye, radioactive substance or sometimes both are injected near the tumor to help determine the location of the sentinel lymph node. A small incision is made (about ½ inch) and the node is then removed for the pathologist to review. If cancer cells are present, the surgeon may remove more lymph nodes at that time or may reschedule another surgery for a follow up procedure.

What are the benefits of SLNB?

  • Avoids a more invasive procedure that takes all of the lymph nodes around the original tumor. By testing the Sentinel Node first, your doctor can determine whether other nodes may need to be removed or left alone.
  • Lymphedema (swelling or fluid build up) less likely with SLNB than when compared to a lymph node dissection

Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy is commonly used with Breast Cancer patients to evaluate the spread of cancer to other organs and lymph nodes. Please let us know if you have any questions about this procedure and whether or not it is the right choice for you care.

Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

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