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Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

The sentinel node is the first node of spread for a cancer.

The sentinel node is a newer method used to treat ear stage oral cavity cancers. Instead of performing a full neck dissection, the surgery is limited to removing a single node based on the pathway of travel from the oral cavity tumor to the neck.

Before Surgery

  • A biopsy and imaging are completed to stage the cancer.
  • Medical clearance obtained.

Day of Surgery

  • Arrive at Hospital
  • Injection of a dye used to identify setinel node.
  • Spend 30 minutes to 2 hours obtaining images to capture spread of dye (while awake).
  • Once sentinel node is identified, patient is brought back to per-operative holding area.
  • General anesthesia administered.
  • Surgery performed to remove tumor in mouth and sentinel lymph node.
  • Patient goes home same day or spends 1 night in the hospital.

After Surgery

  • Recovery quickly at home.
  • Pathology results determines next course of action. Discuss with your surgeon.

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