NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Melanoma - page 57

NCCN Guidelines for Patients
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Melanoma, Version 1.2014
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Lymph nodes are groups of special disease-fighting
cells located throughout the body. The sentinel lymph
node is the first lymph node to which cancer cells are
likely to spread from the primary tumor. A sentinel
lymph node biopsy is a surgery that removes the
sentinel lymph node(s) to test for cancer cells. (Read
page 20 for details.) If cancer cells are found in the
sentinel lymph node, it may be more likely that cancer
has spread to other nearby lymph nodes or tissue.
If needed, your doctor will likely perform the sentinel
lymph node biopsy during treatment with surgery to
remove the tumor.
Next steps:
See Chart 5.2.2 for recommended
treatments for stages 0, I, and II
melanoma.
5.2
Treatment guide
In situ and local melanoma
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