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what is sentinal node biopsy?

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Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 20 years experience
1st Lymph Node: First lymph node or group of nodes most likely to harbor cancer cells from a primary tumor.
Dr. Michael Sabel
Surgical Oncology 29 years experience
A surgical procedure: This is a surgical procedure to identify the first node that receives drainage from the site of the cancer, and is thus the node most likely to have cancer if cancer has spread. It is done routinely for breast cancer and melanoma. Thenode is removed and examined under the microscope for cancer. The results will help determine what additional treatments may be needed.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How will the biopsy affect my treatment plan?

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Dr. Hamid Hai
Cardiology 55 years experience
Biopsy outcome: Biopsy means to take a tiny part of the affected organ and examine it under the microscope and in other ways for diagnostic purposes. Biopsy findings may diagnose cancer or rule it out. Biopsy is also done in other situations, e.g. Liver biopsy to diagnose a liver condition or its severity. Thus biopsy plays an important part in the diagnosis and prognosis of a patient's condition.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What kind of biopsy will I have?

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Dr. Lance Stein
Specializes in Hepatology
Depends: On the organ and diagnosis. If it is for liver cancer, then usually a percutaneous (through the skin) liver biopsy is done (though not the only route) under direct visualization into the tumor.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Why do I need a biopsy?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Tissue Diagnosis: I presume that you had a radiologic study and/or examination that showed an abnormality for which a doctor recommended a biopsy. While the above studies may be helpful, they are usually not 100% diagnostic. A biopsy provides tissue to evaluate under the microscope for definitive diagnosis.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for a doctor to diagnose cirrhosis without a biopsy?

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Dr. Randy Burgett
Dr. Randy Burgettanswered
General Practice 9 years experience
Yes, clincal dx: Although cirrhosis is classically a biopsy diagnosis, it is not always needed if there is sufficient clinical, lab, and radiologic data to suggest the presence of cirrhosis. For example, accumulation of fluid in the abdomen (ascites), bleeding disorders, jaundice, lab abnormalities, confusion and certain appearance of the liver on imaging may suggest cirrhosis without the need for biopsy.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How much time is lymph node removal for biopsy?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Depends on location: Superficial nodes that are easily palpated etc..Can be biopsied more easily and quickly compare to deeper ones such as deep in chest or axillary area etc...Deep nodes/internal nodes such as those in chest are often just biospied and not removed--they do have important functions so don't remove unless you have to..Consult your doc..Good luck..

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