A sentinel lymph node biopsy is a surgery to take out lymph node tissue to look for cancer that has spread into the lymph system.
The lymph system is a network of vessels that carries material between the body tissues and the bloodstream. The sentinel lymph node is the first node in the body where cancer cells may be found if the cancer has spread from the original site.
This test is done to see if a cancer has spread from its original site. This information helps stage a cancer. The stage is a way for doctors to describe how far the cancer has spread. Your treatment choices will be based partly on the type and stage of cancer.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
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