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Surgical consensus guidelines on sentinel node biopsy (SNB) in patients with oral cancer

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Claire Shilling, Sando J. Stoeckli , Maurizio G. Vigili, Remco de Bree, Stephen Y. Lai, Julio Alvarez, Anders Christensen, David M. Cognetti, Anil K D'Cruz, Bernhard Frerich, Renaud Garrel, Naoyuki Kohno, Willem Martin Klop, Cyrus Kerawala, Georges Lawson, Jeremy McMahon, Isabel Karen Sassoon, Richard J. Shaw, Jesper F. Tvedskov, Christian von Buchwald & 1 more Mark McGurk

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2655-2664
Number of pages10
JournalHead & Neck: journal for the sciences and specialities of the head and neck
Issue number8
Early online date21 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019

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Background:The eighth international symposium for sentinel node biopsy (SNB)in head and neck cancer was held in 2018. This consensus conference aimed to deliver current multidisciplinary guidelines. This document focuses on the surgical aspects of SNB for oral cancer.Method:Invited expert faculty selected topics requiring guidelines. Topics were reviewed and evidence evaluated where available. Data were presented at the consensus meeting, with live debate from panels comprising expert, nonexpert,and patient representatives followed by voting to assess the level of support for pro-posed recommendations. Evidence review, debate, and voting results were all consid-ered in constructing these guidelines.Results/Conclusion:A range of topics were considered, from patient selection to surgical technique and follow-up schedule. Consensus was not achieved in allareas, highlighting potential issues that would benefit from prospective studies.Nevertheless these guidelines represent an up-to-date pragmatic recommendation based on current evidence and expert opinion

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