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Internal mammary lymph node management – further direction

Authors Vrana D, Gatek J

Received 31 December 2016

Accepted for publication 6 January 2017

Published 21 February 2017 Volume 2017:10 Pages 1111—1114


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Tohru Yamada

D Vrana,1,2 J Gatek3,4

1Department of Oncology, 2Institute of Molecular and Translational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Palacky University, Olomouc, 3Department of Surgery, Atlas Hospital, 4Faculty of Humanities, Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Zlín, Czech Republic
We read the article titled “Internal mammary sentinel lymph node biopsy: abandon or persist?” by Qiu et al with high interest. This was an excellent paper regarding the contemporary management of internal mammary lymph nodes (IMLN) in early-stage breast cancer1 and we would like to take this opportunity to comment on this paper.
There are several unresolved questions regarding early-stage breast management including axillary staging, clear resection margin, or IMLN.2–4 We have been focusing on the issues of IMLN for almost a decade and just recently published our data regarding IMLN management. We absolutely agree that one has to carefully balance the benefit and potential risks of biopsy or radiotherapy of IMLN. 
Authors' reply 
Peng-Fei Qiu, Yong-Sheng Wang
Breast Cancer Center, Shandong Cancer Hospital Affiliated to Shandong University, Jinan, People’s Republic of China
We appreciate the letter from Professors Vrana and Gatek regarding our article titled “Internal mammary sentinel lymph node biopsy: abandon or persist?”.1 We have been following their publications regarding internal mammary lymph nodes (IMLN) management since the publication of their article titled “Prognostic influence of internal mammary node drainage in patients with early-stage breast cancer” in December 20162 and we share their interest on this topic. 
View the original paper by Qiu and colleagues.

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