Management training for hospital administrators: sentinel lymph-node biopsy under local anaesthetic for carcinoma of the breast-organisational and economic impact

15 Feb 2008
V Galimberti, C De Cicco, P Veronesi, F Landoni, S Baraldi

This study compares sentinel lymph-node biopsy carried out at the time of removal of the primary breast tumour, under general anaesthetic, with sentinel lymph-node biopsy carried out under local anaesthetic prior to the main operation. It compares the total cost of the two treatment approaches, in terms of average income and of their impact on the subsequent programming of operations and hence on waiting lists and income.