SRINAGAR, DEC 17 – The department of Nuclear Medicine SKIMS conducted first case of sentinal lymphnode scintigraphy in breast cancer patients today which will be taken for Sentinel Lymphnode (SLN) biopsy by department of surgical oncology . This is another major milestone achieved by the department benefitting cancer patients.
Head of the Department Dr Tanvir Ahmad informed that patients of breast cancer, tongue cancer and melanoma are going to get benefitted from this procedure. The procedure is first of its kind available to the patients of the UT J& K and will go a long way in improving the treatment of cancer patients. He explained that the Lymphoscintigraphy (sentinel lymph node mapping) is an imaging technique that is used to identify the lymph drainage basin, determine the number of sentinel nodes, differentiate sentinel nodes from subsequent nodes, locate the sentinel node in an unexpected location, and mark the sentinel node over the skin for biopsy.
Director SKIMS Prof. Parvaiz A. Koul complimented the department for conducting the procedure and said that advanced procedure will help poor patients which will be conducted now routinely at SKIMS . The patients had to go outside for such procedures facing lot of inconvenience and incurring lot of expenditures, the procedure now available at SKIMS will facilitate such patients, he added.