Proceedings of the Consensus Conference on the role of sentinel lymph node biopsy in carcinoma of the breast, April 19–22, 2001, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


  • The Consensus Conference Committee members, who were all authors for this article, were: Gordon F. Schwartz (Co-chair), M.D., M.B.A., Jefferson Medical College; Armando E. Giuliano (Co-chair), M.D., John Wayne Cancer Institute; Blake Cady, M.D., Womens & Infants Hospital; Luigi Cataliotti, M.D., Policlinico di Pareggi, Florence; Krishna B. Clough, M.D., Institut Curie, Paris; Hiram S. Cody III, M.D., Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Edward M. Copeland III, M.D., University of Florida College of Medicine; Charles E. Cox, M.D., University of South Florida Moffitt Cancer Center; Gerard M. Doherty, M.D., Washington University School of Medicine; Michael Edwards, M.D., James Brown Cancer Center; Sheldon Feldman, M.D., Cancer Center of Beth Israel Medical Center; Ian S. Fentiman, M.D., Guy's Hospital, London; Kevin Fox, M.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Fred Gorstein, M.D., Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; Daniel Hayes, M.D., University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center; Daniel B. Kopans, M.D., Harvard Medical School; Michael D. Lagios, M.D., St. Mary's Medical Center, San Francisco; Robert E. Mansel, M.B.B.S., M.S., University of Wales College of Medicine; Shahla Masood, M.D., University of Florida Health Science Center; David L. Page, M.D., Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Juan Palazzo, M.D., Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; Peter I. Pressman, M.D., Weill Medical College of Cornell University; Emiel J. Th. Rutgers, M.D., Netherlands Cancer Institute; Bruno Salvadori, M.D., Policlinico San Marco, Bergamo; Melvin J. Silverstein, M.D., University of Southern California (USC)/Keck School of Medicine, USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center; Lawrence J. Solin, M.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Daniela Terribile, M.D., Università Cattolica Sacro Cuore, Rome; Michael Untch, M.D., University of Munich; Umberto Veronesi, M.D., European Institute of Oncology, Milan; W. A. Waddington, B.Sc., M.Sc., Institute of Nuclear Medicine, University College London; James A. Waldron, M.D., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; David J. Winchester, M.D., Northwestern University Medical School.


A consensus conference on the role of sentinel node biopsy in breast carcinoma was held in Philadelphia, April 19-22, 2001. The current report summarizes the deliberations of the group and advances its current guidelines for the integration of this new technique into contemporary clinical practice.