For patients


Many thanks for your interest in the SENTINUS Trial. The research is all about training breast imaging specialists in a technique to find key lymph nodes (Sentinel nodes) in the armpit: Microbubbles are used together with ultrasound to locate the Sentinel lymph node. This can then be biopsied (sampled) to check for cancer cells. If no cancer cells are present, then further armpit surgery may not be necessary. Less surgery means fewer possible side effects such as arm swelling (lymphoedema).

This research is open to patients newly diagnosed with breast cancer with a normal standard armpit ultrasound and a plan to have surgery as their first treatment. The hospitals taking part in the study are Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (Kent), St Bartholomew’s Hospital (London), University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Guy’s Hospital (London). We are hoping to recruit 250 women in total.

In this section you will find a video of the procedure showing you what to expect if you agree to take part in the research. There are also some frequently asked questions, which you may find helpful as you make up your mind whether to get involved in the study.

Contact us

Please contact the study project manager:

Hannah Rudenko at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust if you need more information.

Phone: 01622 939736 (x39736).

Patient Information Video