Sentinel node mapping and biopsy is an advanced technique that can be performed during breast cancer surgery to determine whether cancer cells have spread beyond the original tumor to nearby lymph nodes. This important information can be utilized by medical and radiation oncologists when planning a patient’s optimal course of treatment. Breast cancer patients from Ft. Myers and Naples, Florida, have access to this and other innovative diagnostic and treatment options at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.
The “sentinel node” is the first lymph node in the armpit located on the same side of the body as the cancer. Because this lymph node handles drainage from the breast, it is usually the first area where breast cancer cells metastasize. In cases where lymph node involvement is unconfirmed prior to surgery, Moffitt offers sentinel node mapping and biopsy as a less invasive alternative to axillary dissection for obtaining information about breast cancer spread. On the other hand, if lymph node involvement is confirmed before surgery, we may advise a patient to undergo a more complex procedure designed to remove the cancer-containing lymph nodes.
The Don & Erika Wallace Comprehensive Breast Program at Moffitt features a full-service clinic that offers patients the latest options in all phases of breast cancer care, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment and support. Whether or not you have a referral, when you come to Moffitt, your case will be thoroughly reviewed by a talented team of specialists in a wide range of disciplines, including:
- Radiation therapy
- Laboratory science
- Social work
Our cohesive tumor board will not only collaboratively develop your initial treatment plan, but also will be there to continually monitor your progress, fine-tune your treatment and inform you of new options as they become available. Through our unique, multispecialty approach, Moffitt is able to offer our patients individualized treatment, compassionate support and, most importantly, hope.
If you’re interested in Moffitt and will need to travel from Ft. Myers or Naples, FL, to benefit from our world-class cancer center, you should know that all aspects of your care will be available in a single location. Therefore, you won’t have to worry about finding your way to multiple testing centers and specialists’ offices, which could prove to be challenging and time-consuming in an unfamiliar area. Additionally, to make your experience a little easier, you might choose to stay in lodging near Moffitt and take advantage of the discounted rates offered by our nearby hotel partners, all of which meet or exceed our stringent hygiene and infection control standards.
Patients from Ft. Myers and Naples, FL, who would like to learn more about sentinel node mapping and biopsy and other advanced breast cancer diagnostic techniques can call 1-888-663-3488 or complete Moffitt’s new patient registration form online.