- 7.2% of studied patients were left with a cancerous lymph node when elective neck dissection surgery was used to stage the cancer 1
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London. Sunday 16 October 2016. 15:00 BST. Norgine B.V. today presented new data from a phase III study* showing that LYMPHOSEEK® (99mTc-tilmanocept) used with sentinel lymph node biopsy, could be an alternative to the current standard of care in oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma. In current practice, patients with early oral cancer undergo major surgery to remove the lymph nodes to evaluate if the cancer has spread. Sentinel lymph node biopsy is a simple procedure to remove and examine the first nodes where cancer cells may be present. These data were presented at the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) 2016, Spain. 
LYMPHOSEEK® is highly predictive in the neck of patients with early oral cancer who had no clinical lymph node involvement. The data further demonstrate that if elective neck dissection had been used without sentinel lymph node biopsy, a cancer positive contralateral node may have been missed in 7.2% of the studied patients. In a small number of cases this was the only cancer positive lymph node. 1
LYMPHOSEEK® was well tolerated by the studied population. 
In major European markets**, there were 76,917 new cases of head and neck cancer diagnosed in 2014. 
LYMPHOSEEK® 50 microgram kit for radiopharmaceutical preparation is approved in Europe for imaging and intraoperative detection of sentinel lymph nodes draining a primary tumour in adult patients with breast cancer, melanoma, or localised squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity. External imaging and intraoperative evaluation may be performed using a gamma detection device. 
Dr Alastair Benbow, Chief Development & Medical Officer, Norgine commented: “Data show the use of LYMPHOSEEK® in sentinel lymph node biopsy for early oral cancer may provide a benefit to patients. 6 Currently, up to 70-80% of patients with early oral cancer receive elective neck dissection that may be potentially avoidable. This invasive procedure can result in further complications, morbidity and have a significant impact on patient lives.  This new data demonstrates that if elective neck dissection had been used without sentinel lymph node biopsy, a cancer positive contralateral node may have been missed in 7.2% of the studied patients.” 1
LYMPHOSEEK® data presented at EANM included:
- Sentinel lymph node biopsy using 99mTc-tilmanocept (LYMPHOSEEK®) in patients with oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma: Safety results from Phase III clinical trial. Session 407, OP123. 16 October, 14:30-16:00.
- Bilateral and Contralateral Sentinel Node Identification with 99mTc-Tilmanocept (LYMPHOSEEK®) in Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma Patients. Session 407, OP124. 16 October, 14:30-16:00.
- In-use stability of 99mTc-tilmanocept (LYMPHOSEEK®), a sentinel lymph node detection agent. EP534. 16 October, 09:00 – 19 October, 12:00.
*For original analysis see A. Agrawal et al. 2015 
**Countries included were France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.
LYMPHOSEEK® 50 micrograms kit for radiopharmaceutical preparation is the first and only FDA and EMA approved receptor-targeted lymphatic mapping agent. It is a novel, receptor-targeted, small-molecule radiopharmaceutical used in the evaluation of lymphatic basins that may have cancer involvement in patients. LYMPHOSEEK® is designed for the precise identification of lymph nodes that drain from a primary tumour, which have the highest probability of harbouring cancer.
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GL/LYM/0916/0012. October 2016
 Bilateral and contralateral sentinel node identification with 99mTc-tilmanocept (LYMPHOSEEK®) in oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma patients. Abstract OP124. EANM 2016
 Sentinel lymph node biopsy using 99mTc-tilmanocept (LYMPHOSEEK®) in patients with oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma: Safety results from Phase III clinical trial. Abstract OP123. EANM 2016
 Incidence of head and neck cancer in Europe. Norgine data on file. DOF-LYMPH-002.
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 Agrawal A, et al. Ann Surg Oncol 2015; 22(11): 3708-3715.