The History of Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

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The sentinel node biopsy technique, developed by Drs Donald Morton and Alistair Cochran and reported in 1992, undoubtedly constitutes the most important recent development in surgical oncology. This article describes the evolution of the procedure and its contribution to the evolution of modern multidisciplinary cancer care and discusses its present role in the management of patients with melanoma, breast cancer, and a wide range of other malignancies.

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