Eur J Plast Surg (2004) 27:49 DOI 10.1007/s00238-003-0592-8 BOOK REVIEW L. Clodius Dunitz, London, 2002, 370 pp, Hardcover (ISBN 1-84184-034-3,) $80.00 US Published online: 10 March 2004 Springer-Verlag 2004 As the editor states in the preface of this perfectly- Lymph-node Biopsy for Breast Cancer; Other applica- produced book, sentinel lymph-node biopsy entered clin- tions of Sentinel Lymph-node Biopsy. ical practice over the final decade of the last century, and The plastic surgeon, often involved in the care of represents a new standard of care for melanoma and breast cancer, may be interested especially in Part 3, breast-cancer patients. In addition, sentinel lymph-node describing Sentinel Lymph-node Biopsy for Breast Can- biopsy shows great promise for the treatment of urologic, cer. Here, various approaches are outlined from other colorectal, gynaecologic and head and neck cancers. institutions, these include: Cardiff University, the Nether- Sentinel lymph-node biopsy, on one hand, proved the lands Cancer Institute, the Memorial Sloan Kettering correctness of the local cancer spread to be mechanistic Cancer Center and the University of Louisville. A fas- (anatomically defined), and limited by the regional cinating contribution on the significance of micro-metas- lymph-nodes. On the other hand it proved that micro- tases concludes this section. metastases are not infrequent and that dissemination of In summary, this is a comprehensive overview on a the malignancy may occur early in the course of the difficult subject presented by an international team of 52 tumour. Biological tumour heterogeneity is of course authors from both sides of the Atlantic and from Aus- unexplained by this method. tralia. All the technical details, as they have evolved by The 370 pages consist of 32 chapters, divided under experience in large centres, are presented to the reader as four headings: Overview of Sentinel Lymph-node Biop- precisely as possible. sy; Sentinel Lymph-node Biopsy for Melanoma; Sentinel L. Clodius ( ) Zurich, Switzerland
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