The enigma of lymph node staging in breast cancer

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Lymph nodes play an important role in breast cancer treatment, as the presence of lymph node metastases negatively affect the patient's prognosis. At present, the only way to determine whether a patient has lymph node metastases is through axillary surgery. This dissertation examined new techniques that optimise the way lymph node metastases are diagnosed to prevent unnecessary axillary surgery in the future. One of the most promising methods is a PET-MRI scan of the armpit, a technique that was examined for the first time at Maastricht UMC+. Based on the research conducted here, it was determined that this technique was far more accurate in detecting lymph node metastases. This discovery may influence treatment methods in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Beets - Tan, Regina, Supervisor
  • Smidt, Marjolein, Co-Supervisor
  • Lobbes, Marc, Co-Supervisor
Award date21 Dec 2017
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789461597731
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • breast cancer
  • lymph nodes
  • prognosis

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