“In the current standard of care with head and neck tumors, it is not uncommon to remove as many as 60 regional lymph nodes during bilateral neck dissection because of the likelihood that patients may have hidden cancer in the lymph nodes. Sentinel node biopsy allows for a much less invasive and more precise evaluation with reduced surgical side effects” said Dr. Civantos. “Our initial clinical experience with Lymphoseek suggested a high level of accuracy in the identification and mapping of SLNs that may significantly improve the precision and practicality of the procedure. We believe that Lymphoseek may also have special utility to improve localization in certain tumor types such as those found on the floor of the mouth. I fully expect the final results of the multi-institutional trial, when completed, will confirm these impressions.”“The study of head and neck cancer is part of Navidea’s worldwide strategy to expand the utilization of Lymphoseek into multiple cancer types beyond breast cancer and melanoma and to assist physicians and patients in improving the accuracy of cancer diagnosis and staging,” said Dr. Reininger. “We believe that there are many unmet needs in the lymphatic mapping of other solid tumor cancers where the procedure may be highly useful, but for which a suitable agent has not yet been developed. Lymphoseek targets key predictive lymph nodes through its specifically-designed, receptor-based mechanism and can fill that need and enhance diagnostic accuracy.”
Navidea Biopharmaceuticals Participates In Symposium Focused On Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy At The International Symposium On Metastasis In Head And Neck Cancer
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