Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

sentinel node biopsySentinel Lymph Node Biopsy is a procedure for patients with melanoma skin cancer, merkel cell carcinoma or advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the skin. At the time of the skin cancer resection, the surgeon uses a special imaging technique, SPECT CT, along with radiolabeled colloid and blue dye injections to isolate the first lymph node to which the cancer would spread. That important lymph node is removed from the body and carefully evaluated by the UC Health Oncologists for signs of cancer. If the node is negative for cancer, it is unlikely the cancer will spread from the primary location, and the patient is observed. If the node is positive for cancer, the head and neck surgical oncology team would perform complete lymph node dissections in the neck and/or salivary glands.