Educational Partners

International Sentinel Node Society 

The purpose of the International Sentinel Node Society (ISNS) is to serve and coordinate the needs of the diverse community of physicians and scientists who study the sentinel node. The Society is a non-profit corporation. Active Membership in the Society is limited to surgeons, pathologists, nuclear medicine physicians, dermatologists, oncologists, radiotherapists, and scientists who have shown evidence of continuing commitment to sentinel node surgery as demonstrated by such activities as:

  1. Oncologic teaching or research
  2. Involvement in activities of a National or International Oncology Research Society

The International Sentinel Node Society is encouraging the collaboration and cooperation of oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, and nuclear medicine physicians from all over the world in researching the effects of sentinel node surgery and lymphatic mapping techniques.

For more information, go to http://www.isns.info/main.php?page=events.

To join the International Sentinel Node Society

Sentinel Node Oncology Foundation 

The Sentinel Node Oncology Foundation (SNOF) is a non-profit foundation that recruits medical institutions to participate in the Sentinel Lymph Node Working Group (SLNWG); the SNOF Statistics Center (SNOFSC) collects and manages cancer clinical data from SLNWG members.

The mission of the SNOF is to advance the care and treatment of patients with solid cancers and to help develop new preventative strategies, diagnostics, and treatments.

With advancements in cancer care and treatment, cancer survivors today live longer and enjoy a vastly improved quality of life than thought imaginable. Recent discovery has found that the sentinel lymph node in the body is the gateway for cancer to spread. Therefore, the SNOF was created in 2003 on the premise that the next level of cancer research and treatment is to understand more about this important gateway. It is now known that the same type of cancer is different from one person to the other. The genetic signature of cancer of each patient may be determined so that treatment can be tailored to each cancer patient more precisely and efficiently. The SNOF is building a robust sentinel lymph node databank so that the natural history of patients with solid cancer can be accurately defined by their genetic profiles. The SNOF has unified cancer specialists working together through the SLNWG to reach its goals through research and clinical trials. The SNOF has more than 50 members and has collected research data from more than 5,000 patients to date, making our database one of the largest multicenter databases in the sentinel lymph node era.

The SNOF is currently in the process of analyzing numerous data points that might lead to information that can aid in determining the chances of survival for different patients diagnosed with cancer. This would lead to more precise treatment recommendations and the avoidance of severe toxic effects from over-treatment.

For more information, go to http://slnwgsnof.org/.

To join the Sentinel Lymph Node Working Group

Cedars-Sinai Health System 

Cedars-Sinai Health System (CSHS) is known for providing the highest quality patient care that modern medicine has to offer. CSHS’s dedication to excellence, compassion, innovation is rooted in the Judaic tradition and its devotion to the art and science of healing, which informs every aspect of its four-fold mission:

  • Leadership and excellence in delivering quality healthcare services
  • Expanding the horizons of medical knowledge through biomedical research
  • Educating and training physicians and other healthcare professionals
  • Striving to improve the health status of our community

CSHS lives this mission every day through the contributions of more than 2,000 physicians in every clinical specialty, 10,000 employees, 2,000 volunteers, and 15,000 fundraising support group members. Together, they provide world-class medicine to the community and patients from across the United States and around the world.

Physicians and scientists at Cedars-Sinai are engaged in basic and clinical research to bring medical advancements directly from the laboratory to the bedside. As the largest academic medical center in the western United States, CSHS also trains the next generation of physicians, researchers and allied health professionals, with more than 350 residents and fellows participating in over 60 graduate medical education programs.

For more information, go to www.cedars-sinai.edu

Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation

Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation is a group of 240+ doctors who offer primary, specialty and complex medical care. Our physicians in San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Lake and Del Norte counties combine the latest in medical technology with personalized care. As part of the Sutter Health not-for-profit network, Sutter Pacific doctors are affiliated with some of the most respected hospitals in the region and provide care in local communities. Additionally, our San Francisco-based doctors are part of Brown & Toland Physicians. For more information or to find a doctor near you, visit www.sutterpacific.org or call 1-888-699-DOCS (3627).

California Pacific Medical Center. Hands-on Healing.

At San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center we deliver personal, hands-on care to every single patient, every single day. As one of California’s largest private, community-based, not-for-profit, teaching medical centers, we research the most up-to-date treatments, hire the most qualified individuals, and practice the most modern, innovative medicine available. We deliver the highest quality expert care, with kindness and compassion, in acute, post-acute and outpatient services, as well as preventive and complementary medicine. We also provide disease counseling, family support and wellness treatments. Throughout the entire organization, every member of the CPMC team is committed to giving our patients the individual, hands-on attention they deserve. Every hand plays a part, and every hand has the power to change a life.

California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute

California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute (CPMCRI) creates an active partnership between clinicians and researchers, merging research institute interests with the needs of the California Pacific Medical Center. This combined effort improves health care delivery and patients benefit directly by increased access to pharmaceutical and other types of clinical trials. When associated with a research program, physicians have knowledge and access to more effective treatments and diagnostic technologies. CPMCRI is a member of the Sutter Health family that serves more than 100 communities in Northern California.

For more information, go to www.cpmc.org

National Lymphedema Network 

The National Lymphedema Network (NLN) is an international recognized non-profit organization founded in 1988 to provide education and guidance to lymphedema patients, healthcare professionals and the general public by disseminating information on management of primary/ secondary lymphedema and related disorders, and education in risk reduction practices for all individuals at risk or affected by lymphedema.

The NLN is supported by tax deductible donations and is the driving force behind the movement in the US to standardize quality treatment for lymphedema patients nationwide. In addition the NLN supports research into the causes and alternative treatment for this often incapacitating, long neglected condition

The NLN Provides:

  • LymphLink (quarterly 40 page newsletter)
  • Position Papers
  • Lymph e-Link
  • Searchable therapist/clinic database online
  • Marilyn Westbrook Garment Fund (MWGF)
  • Patient Data Base
  • Biennial International Lymphedema Conference for Professionals
  • Patient Hotline – 800-541-3259
  • Resource Website: www.lymphnet.org

To become a member: http://lymphnet.org/aboutNLN/membership.htm

AIM at Melanoma

AIM at Melanoma is a non-profit organization committed to melanoma research, education, awareness, and legislation. AIM collaborates with the world’s top melanoma researchers to find the CURE!

Mission

To increase support for melanoma research; to promote prevention and education among the general public and medical professionals; and to provide comprehensive and easily accessible melanoma resources for patients, survivors, and caregivers.

For more information, go to www.aimatmelanoma.org

Tree of Medicine

Sentinel node surgery has changed the landscape of surgical oncology. A phenomenal amount of data has been reported with more than 4000 (!!) articles published on breast cancer sentinel nodes alone. To manage this huge and growing body of literature, a team at The Tree of Medicine has developed a web application that supports analysis, communication and dissemination of this published data.

Through support of the Tree of Medicine and in cooperation with the Joint International Oncology (Sentinel Node and Cancer Metastasis) Congress, attendees of the Congress will receive a free one year subscription to the Tree of Medicine’s Sentinel Nodes and Breast Cancer database. Subscribers will gain access to the “Tree”, which contains organized descriptions of more than 4000 citations related specifically to sentinel nodes and breast cancer. Each month, subscribers will stay up to date with a feed of all new articles in the field. A short list of expert summaries have been completed, and subscribers are invited to request additional summaries on timely topics of their interest. Subscribers may readily store all of their full text PDFs for sharing with their group.

With Sentinel Nodes and Breast Cancer as the premiere module, this system was designed to change how we manage the massive amounts of literature on important medical topics. We invite your participation and that of your fellows, residents and students. The Tree is an outstanding starting point for the preparation of new publications and sharing of information.

A table will be available at the meeting for instruction and signups, or you can sign up now at www.treeofmedicine.com/signup

We look forward to seeing you there!

David Krag, M.D.
Editor
Sentinel Nodes and Breast Cancer
Tree of Medicine
www.treeofmedicine.com