Sentinel lymph node biopsy

The sentinel lymph node biopsy is one of the most controversial procedures in the treatment of malignant melanoma. The controversy surrounding the use of sentinel lymph node biopsy in the treatment of melanoma has already lasted for over 10 years, because medical authorities do not approve surgical procedures on the basis of effectiveness. In contrast to this, the effectiveness of new drugs must be demonstrated in scientific studies to be approved by medial authorities.

The reasons for applying sentinel lymph node biopsy in melanoma patients have changed within the last years and differ among countries, hospitals and physicians. Some clinicians believe in a therapeutic effect of sentinel lymph node biopsy that it may prolong the life of some patients. The vast majority of clinicians in the US, Australia, and Europe assume only a diagnostic value of this procedure. There are also physicians that do not believe that there is any value of this procedure for patients at all.

In a scientific study I examined five decisive questions about sentinel lymph node biopsy. All results are published as open access documents. If you are interested in the topic you can read a patient information sheet about the relevant results of this study. There is also a download available of the comprehensive publication of the study. Additionally, you may be interested in a list of questions that you can discuss with your physician if a sentinel lymph node biopsy is taken into consideration.

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