Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsies Now Performed at the Crozer-Keystone Surgery Center at Brinton Lake - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on May 05, 2015

Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsies Now Performed at the Crozer-Keystone Surgery Center at Brinton Lake

Crozer-Keystone Health SystemMedia Contact:
Katrina Stier
(610) 447-6314
Katrina.Stier@crozer.org

Mary Lou Patton, M.D. and her
colleagues now perform sentinel
node biopsies at the Brinton Lake
Surgery Center.

Sentinel lymph node breast biopsies are now performed at the Crozer-Keystone Surgery Center at Brinton Lake, Crozer-Keystone’s comprehensive ambulatory surgery center in Glen Mills.

A sentinel lymph node is the first lymph node to which cancer cells are most likely to spread from a primary tumor. A sentinel node biopsy can be used to determine the extent, or stage, of cancer in the body. This procedure involves less extensive surgery and the removal of fewer lymph nodes than standard lymph node surgery, lowering the potential for adverse effects.

In addition to helping doctors stage cancers and estimate the risk that tumor cells have developed the ability to spread to other parts of the body, sentinel lymph node breast biopsies may help some patients avoid more extensive lymph node surgery, according to the National Cancer Institute. Removing additional nearby lymph nodes to look for cancer cells may not be necessary if the sentinel node is negative for cancer.

“We are excited that we can now offer sentinel lymph node breast biopsies at the Crozer-Keystone Surgery Center at Brinton Lake, making this vital procedure more convenient to patients in western Delaware County, Chester County and northern Delaware,” says Mary Lou Patton, M.D., breast surgeon and co-medical director of the Nathan Speare Burn Treatment Center at Crozer. “My colleagues and I have years of experience performing this procedure at other Crozer-Keystone facilities, so it made sense to expand these services to this location.”

Dr. Patton is the American College of Surgeons’ cancer liaison physician for the Crozer Regional Cancer Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. She and her colleagues Linwood Haith Jr., M.D., co-medical director of the Burn Center, and Robert Guilday, M.D., associate medical director of the Crozer Burn Center perform this procedure at the Crozer-Keystone Surgery Center at Brinton Lake.

For more information about the Surgery Center at Brinton Lake, visit www.brintonlakesurgery.com. For more information about Crozer-Keystone Cancer Services, visit www.crozerkeystone.org/cancer. Drs. Patton, Haith and Guilday can be reached at (610) 619-7400.

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