Lymph node mapping and identification of sentinel nodes in oral and oropharyngeal cancer

Shoaib, Taimur (2002) Lymph node mapping and identification of sentinel nodes in oral and oropharyngeal cancer. MD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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INTRODUCTION: Sentinel node biopsy (SNB) is a new technique in the management of cancers. The technique, which has been studied most in melanoma and breast cancer, involves the identification of the first lymph node draining a tumour and the examination of that node for the presence of nodal metastases. If the sentinel lymph node (SLN) does not contain tumour, the implication is that the whole regional lymph node basin is free from tumour and a formal lymph node dissection can be avoided. Prior to the start of this study, few studies had been performed on patients with head and neck cancer and those that were published were either in very low numbers or had failed in their aims. This study was performed to determine whether the SLN could be identified in patients with head and neck cancer and to determine if the SLN was an accurate reflector of the pathological status of the neck. If these aims were met, the technique could be applied as a staging procedure, and avoid an elective neck dissection.

Item Type: Thesis (MD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Oncology
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
Colleges/Schools: College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences
Supervisor's Name: Supervisor, not known
Date of Award: 2002
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:2002-71059
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 10 May 2019 10:49
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2022 12:57
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.71059

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