Could an oncologist need only inspect one lymph node to see if cancer has spread?

Sometimes... It depends on the clinical situation, type of cancer, and how many enlarged lymph nodes you have. Trust your doctor to guide which lymph nodes need to be sampled to evaluate for cancer spread.

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Is it possible for an oncologist to need only inspect one lymph node to see if cancer has spread?

Yes. When a patient presents with signs suggesting malignancy and there are a cluster of serveral large, somewhat firm lymph glands then a selective biopsy has a high incidence of detecting an existing pathologic process. A core bx is better than aspiration but with a question, excision is best utilized for dx. If the bx neg. in some cases a bx of a second node would be indicated. Read more...