My dad's ENT dr. Wants to do an excisional biopsy on his swollen neck lymph node what r the chance of the cancer spreading if he goes forward with it?

Biopsy needed. Biopsy does not cause cancer to spread. A biopsy is essential to establish a diagnosis to guide therapy.
Node. Great question. Often a fine needle aspiration biopsy is done first. If that is inconclusive then the node may be removed. Usually the first step is to get a cat scan to give a better idea as to what it going on.

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