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What is a sentinel node biopsy procedure?

What is a sentinel node biopsy procedure?

Sentinel node: Injecting a dye, it initially goes to mother nodes or sentinel nodes and from there nurse to whole node basin. Biopsy of these mother nodes save to biopsy or removing whole nodal areas if sentinel node negative. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: sentinel node biopsy?

What is the definition or description of: sentinel node biopsy?

Sample lymph nodes: This is a surgical procedure used to evaluate the lymph nodes under the arm. A radioactive tracer and/or blue dye is injected into the breast prior to surgery. These substances travel to the lymph nodes so the surgeon can see them. He/she takes out one to four (on average) lymph nodes to see if cancer has spread. The benefit is a decrease in risk of lymphedema of the arm. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a regular node biopsy and a sentinel node biopsy?

Little difference.: Think of a lymph node as a small filter. All lymph nodes act as filters. However, certain lymph nodes are the very first filters in line- they are called sentinel lymph nodes. The idea is that if the sentinel node is removed and negative, the chances of other lymph nodes further down the line being positive is small. You take out less nodes and have less complications! ...Read more

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What is the difference between a needle directed biopsy and a sentinel node biopsy?

Size: A needle-directed biopsy means a hollow needle is stuck into a tumor or lymph node, and only the amount of tissue that fits inside the needle is removed. A sentinel node biopsy removes several lymph nodes entirely and the entire lymph node is examined under the microscope. A sentinel node biopsy requires an injection ahead of time to see which nodes are first in the chain of lymph nodes. ...Read more

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Should axillary sentinel node biopsy be done after chemotherapy?

Should axillary sentinel node biopsy be done after chemotherapy?

Usually before.: Sentinel lymph node biopsy is usually done at the time of lumpectomy for breast cancer. The information gained is used in the decision making as to whether adjuvant chemotherapy should be given to increase the likelihood of cure. Rarely, it might be done after chemotherapy if the initial role of chemo was to shrink the tumor to allow surgery (neoadjuvant chemotherapy). ...Read more

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What is a sentinel node biopsy?

What is  a sentinel node biopsy?

Biopsy of lymph node: Lymph nodes are biopsied to see if cancer has spread beyond the primary site. Using a radioactive tracer and dye, the lymph nodes closest to a tumor can be identified and biopsied without having to remove all the potential draining nodes which can lead to complications. Most often done with breast cancer and melanoma. ...Read more

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Do I need a biopsy if my lymph node is big and sore?

Do I need a biopsy if my lymph node is big and sore?

Doubtful: How long has it been that way, is it fixed to underlying tissue or mobile, is continuing to enlarge, where is it located, do you know what may have caused it to enlarge? Watch this for a while. If it does not begin to resolve, seek physician input. ...Read more

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Sore, swollen lymph nodes under my right arm for 8 months. Spread to groin, & behind both knees. Ct scan neg. Had two sonograms under right arm, but surgeons say nodes not big enough to biopsy?

May need 2nd opinion: Sore lymph nodes are usually inflammatory and not malignant. I'm assuming that your nodes are less than 1 cm in size if your surgeon says they are too small to biopsy. Malignant nodes usually grow slowly to greater than 1cm. That is not an absolute rule and biopsy can be considered if nodes are persistent and are otherwise unexplained. If they persist and are concerning, get another opinion. ...Read more

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Sentinel Node Biopsy (Definition)

It is first node to which lymphatic drainage and metastasis from a cancer goes to. A biopsy is a procedure that removes a small piece of living tissue from your body. The tissue is examined with a microscope for signs of damage or disease. Biopsies can be done on all parts of the body. A biopsy is the only test that can tell for sure if a ...Read more


Axilla (Definition)

Area of human body directly under the joint where the shoulder connects to the arm. It contains axillary vessels, brachial nerve plexus, lymph nodes & vessels, axillary ...Read more