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      Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide for Identifying Sentinel Lymph Node in Breast Cancer after Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy: Feasibility Study

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          Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) is a well-established procedure for staging clinically node-negative early breast cancer (BC). Superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) demonstrated efficacy for nodal identification using a magnetic probe after local retroaeroal interstitial injection. Its benefits lie in its flexibility, which is an essential property in the global setting, where access to the isotope is difficult. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to evaluate the feasibility and safety of the SPIO for SLNB in BC patients treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC). Seventy-four female patients were included. The median time of lymph node retrieval was 20 min. The median number of resected sentinel nodes (SNs) was 4. SN was detected in all patients. No serious adverse event was observed. SPIO in identifying SN in BC patients after NAC is feasible and oncologically safe.

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          Sentinel lymph node biopsy in women with operable breast cancer is routinely used in some countries for staging the axilla despite limited data from randomized trials on morbidity and mortality outcomes. We conducted a multicenter randomized trial to compare quality-of-life outcomes between patients with clinically node-negative invasive breast cancer who received sentinel lymph node biopsy and patients who received standard axillary treatment. The primary outcome measures were arm and shoulder morbidity and quality of life. From November 1999 to October 2003, 1031 patients were randomly assigned to undergo sentinel lymph node biopsy (n = 515) or standard axillary surgery (n = 516). Patients with sentinel lymph node metastases proceeded to delayed axillary clearance or received axillary radiotherapy (depending on the protocol at the treating institution). Intention-to-treat analyses of data at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months after surgery are presented. All statistical tests were two-sided. The relative risks of any lymphedema and sensory loss for the sentinel lymph node biopsy group compared with the standard axillary treatment group at 12 months were 0.37 (95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.23 to 0.60; absolute rates: 5% versus 13%) and 0.37 (95% CI = 0.27 to 0.50; absolute rates: 11% versus 31%), respectively. Drain usage, length of hospital stay, and time to resumption of normal day-to-day activities after surgery were statistically significantly lower in the sentinel lymph node biopsy group (all P .05). Sentinel lymph node biopsy is associated with reduced arm morbidity and better quality of life than standard axillary treatment and should be the treatment of choice for patients who have early-stage breast cancer with clinically negative nodes.
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              Ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide: characterization of a new class of contrast agents for MR imaging.

              An ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide (USPIO) preparation was developed that is small enough to migrate across the capillary wall, a prerequisite in the design of targetable particulate pharmaceuticals. Seventy percent of particles were smaller than 10 nm; 26%, smaller than 5 nm. The blood half-life of USPIO in rats was 81 minutes, considerably longer than that of larger superparamagnetic iron oxide preparations such as AMI-25 (6 minutes). Electron microscopy demonstrated that USPIO particles transmigrate the capillary wall by means of vesicular transport and through interendothelial junctions. Twenty-four hours after intravenous administration, 3.6% of the injected dose per gram of tissue was found in lymph nodes, 2.9% per gram in bone marrow, 6.3% per gram in liver, and 7.1% per gram in spleen. The major potential applications for USPIO are as (a) an intravenous contrast agent for the lymphatic system, (b) a bone marrow contrast agent, (c) a long-half-life perfusion agent for brain and heart, and (d) the magnetic moiety in organ-targeted superparamagnetic contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging.

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                J Clin Med
                J Clin Med
                Journal of Clinical Medicine
                16 July 2021
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                [1 ]Department of Surgical Oncology, Medical University of Lublin, Radziwiłłowska 13 St., 20-080 Lublin, Poland; andrzej.kurylcio@ 123456umlub.pl (A.K.); zuzanna.torun@ 123456gmail.com (Z.P.); magdalena.skorzewska@ 123456umlub.pl (M.S.); katarzyna.geca@ 123456umlub.pl (K.G.); sedlak.katarz@ 123456gmail.com (K.S.); p.kurylcio@ 123456gmail.com (P.K.); wojciech.polkowski@ 123456uml.edu.pl (W.P.)
                [2 ]Department of Human Physiology, Medical University of Lublin, Radziwiłłowska 11 St., 20-080 Lublin, Poland; radoslaw.mlak@ 123456uml.edu.pl (R.M.); teresa.malecka-massalska@ 123456umlub.pl (T.M.-M.)
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