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How many lymph nodes are affected with melanoma?
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Hopefully none
If caught early enough, no nodes will be involved, and excision of the cancer site will be curative.
Sentinal lymph node biopsy can be helpful to determine if a more extensive lymph node removal needs to be considered. Seek out an established melanoma treatment center or at least a surgeon well versed in melanoma treatment.

In brief: Hopefully none
If caught early enough, no nodes will be involved, and excision of the cancer site will be curative.
Sentinal lymph node biopsy can be helpful to determine if a more extensive lymph node removal needs to be considered. Seek out an established melanoma treatment center or at least a surgeon well versed in melanoma treatment.
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: It depends.
Melanomas have the potential to spread throughout the body via the lymphatic system.
For this reason, a sentinel lymph node biopsy is performed for staging any melanoma > 1mm thickness. If the sentinel lymph node contains cancer and there is no gross evidence of metastatic disease, more lymph nodes are removed to provide better local/regional control and potentially prevent more distant spread.

In brief: It depends.
Melanomas have the potential to spread throughout the body via the lymphatic system.
For this reason, a sentinel lymph node biopsy is performed for staging any melanoma > 1mm thickness. If the sentinel lymph node contains cancer and there is no gross evidence of metastatic disease, more lymph nodes are removed to provide better local/regional control and potentially prevent more distant spread.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends...
Advanced melanomas are thought to be spread primarily through the lymphatics.
Thus, as a part of staging, if the melanoma is deep, it is generally recommended for one to undergo sentinel lymph node biopsy to capture the 1st few nodes that the melanoma site is drained into. This is only for the purposes of staging and not treatment. If positive, it indicates that the tumor has spread.

In brief: Depends...
Advanced melanomas are thought to be spread primarily through the lymphatics.
Thus, as a part of staging, if the melanoma is deep, it is generally recommended for one to undergo sentinel lymph node biopsy to capture the 1st few nodes that the melanoma site is drained into. This is only for the purposes of staging and not treatment. If positive, it indicates that the tumor has spread.
Dr. Karen Han
Dr. Karen Han
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
In brief: Varies
This varies based on how for the melanoma has traveled.

In brief: Varies
This varies based on how for the melanoma has traveled.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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