|Full Title||A Phase II Study Evaluating the Role of Sentinel Lymph Node Surgery and Axillary Lymph Node Dissection Following Preoperative Chemotherapy in Women With Node Positive Breast Cancer (T1-4, N1-2, M0) at Initial Diagnosis|
|Principal Investigator(s)||Catherine W Beckman, MD; Heather B Neuman, MD, MS, FACS; Lee G Wilke, MD, FACS|
|Status||Active, not recruiting|
RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Giving chemotherapy before surgery may make the tumor smaller and reduce the amount of normal tissue that needs to be removed.
PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying surgery to remove the sentinel lymph node and axillary lymph nodes after chemotherapy in treating women with stage II, stage IIIA, or stage IIIB breast cancer.