Lymphatic Mapping and Selective Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection

Venue: San Francisco

Location: San Francisco, California, United States

Event Date/Time: Aug 31, 2002 End Date/Time: Aug 31, 2002
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Exciting new technologic developments offer enhanced outcomes and reduced morbidity to cancer patients. This course has been developed to provide multidisciplinary training in the use of lymphoscintigraphy, intraoperative lymphatic mapping, and sentinel lymph node dissection for the staging and management of cutaneous melanoma, breast cancer and colon cancer. The course faculty include pioneering investigators in the field of selective lymphadenectomy and radio-guided surgery who share their experience learned in the development of this approach and the management of over 1,000 patients.

This course is designed for physicians and nurses who are involved in the care and/or diagnosis of cancer patients including general surgeons, plastic surgeons, dermatologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and pathologists as well as nurses, physicians assistants, and operating room personnel involved in the care of the cancer patient. It provides an in-depth background on the indications, rationale, and conduct of preoperative lymphoscintigraphy, intraoperative lymphatic mapping and selective sentinel lymph node dissection through didactic presentation and hands-on practicum with individualized instructions in lymphatic mapping technique through video presentation. Registration of a multidisciplinary team (surgeon, nuclear medicine physician, and pathologists) is strongly encouraged to most effectively utilize the presented material.

A structured program for nurses involved in the operative and outpatient care of the cancer patient is provided to aid in patient education at the time of selective sentinel lymphadenectomy. This specially structured course will allow operating room nurses and oncology nurses to become familiar with the implications for the diagnosis and treatment of the cancer patient as well as the operative details of selective sentinel lymphadenectomy.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

-Understand the background, rationale, current experience, and limitations of lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node dissection in the management of patients with cutaneous melanoma, breast cancer and colon cancer.

-Demonstrate familiarity with lymphatic mapping procedure and dissection techniques.


The University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

UCSF designates this educational activity for a maximum of 7.25 hours in category 1 credit toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit actually spend in the activity

The UCSF Department of Surgery wishes to express its appreciation to Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., for their generous educational grant support.

For program information call:(415) 476-4251

For registration information call:(415) 476-5808
Fax: (415) 502-1795