Division of Anatomic Pathology, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre and Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Electronic address: [Email]
The practice of performing routine cytokeratin immunohistochemistry (CK-IHC) on sentinel lymph nodes in early stage invasive breast cancer leads to frequent identification of isolated tumor cells (ITCs), the clinical significance of which remains unclear. After emergence of guidelines that suggested limited clinical utility of ITC detection, routine CK-IHC (rCK-IHC) staining was discontinued at our institution. We studied the rate and clinical utility of ITC detection before and after the discontinuation of rCK-IHC.