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lymph node biopsy

a test in which all or part of a lymph node is removed and looked at under a microscope to find out if cancer has reached the lymph nodes. See also biopsy, lymph node.

Overview of biopsy types

... Sentinel lymph node mapping and biopsy. Lymph node mapping helps the
surgeon know which lymph nodes to remove for an excisional biopsy. ...

http://www.cancer.org/treatment/understandingyourdiagnosis/examsandtestdescriptions/testingbiopsyandcytologyspecimensforcancer/testing-biopsy-and-cytology-specimens-for-cancer-biopsy-types

How is prostate cancer diagnosed?

... In a lymph node biopsy, also known as lymph node dissection or
lymphadenectomy, one or more lymph nodes are removed to see if they contain ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostatecancer/detailedguide/prostate-cancer-diagnosis

How is melanoma skin cancer diagnosed?

... such as being at least a certain thickness), a sentinel lymph node biopsy is
often done to see if it has spread to nearby lymph nodes, which in turn ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/skincancer-melanoma/detailedguide/melanoma-skin-cancer-diagnosed

How is Merkel cell carcinoma diagnosed?

... A sentinel lymph node biopsy can be used to find the lymph nodes that are
likely to be the first place the MCC would go if it has spread. ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/skincancer-merkelcell/detailedguide/skin-cancer-merkel-cell-carcinoma-diagnosis

How are Merkel cell carcinomas staged?

... The cancer does not seem to have spread to nearby lymph nodes,
but a lymph node biopsy has not been done (cN0). It ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/skincancer-merkelcell/detailedguide/skin-cancer-merkel-cell-carcinoma-staging

How is breast cancer staged?

... spread to 1 to 3 axillary lymph nodes and/or tiny amounts of cancer are found
in internal mammary lymph nodes on sentinel lymph node biopsy (N1 ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-staging

How is Castleman disease diagnosed?

... Fine needle aspiration (FNA) or core needle biopsy: Sometimes lymph nodes
are biopsied by putting a hollow needle into the node to remove a ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/castlemandisease/detailedguide/castleman-disease-diagnosis

Surgery for Merkel cell carcinoma

... If cancer is found in the nearby lymph nodes (on a sentinel lymph node biopsy
or another type of biopsy), a lymph node dissection is usually done. ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/skincancer-merkelcell/detailedguide/skin-cancer-merkel-cell-carcinoma-treating-surgery

How is melanoma skin cancer staged?

... done. The clinical staging of the lymph nodes, which is done without
the sentinel node biopsy, is listed below. NX: Nearby ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/skincancer-melanoma/detailedguide/melanoma-skin-cancer-staging

How is breast cancer in men staged?

... spread to 1 to 3 axillary lymph nodes and/or tiny amounts of cancer are found
in internal mammary lymph nodes on sentinel lymph node biopsy (N1 ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancerinmen/detailedguide/breast-cancer-in-men-staging