A sentinel lymph nodes (SLN) is the first lymph node to which cancer is likely to spread from the primary tumor. The sentinel is identified with special dye and contrasts during surgery. Cancer cells may appear in the sentinel node before spreading to other lumph nodes. In some cases, there can be more than one sentinel lymph node.
A SLN biopsy is a procedure in which the sentinel ;lymph node is removed and examined under a microscope to determine whether cancer cells are present. SLN biopsy is based on the idea that cancer cells spread (metastasize) in an orderly way from the primary tumor to the SLN(s), rather than to other nearby lymph nodes.
A negative SLN biopsy result suggests that cancer has not spread to the lymph nodes. A positive result indicates that cancer is present in the SLN and may be present in other lymph nodes in the same area (regional lymph nodes). This information may help the doctor determine the stage of cancer (extent of the disease within the body) and develop an appropriate plan.
That's it from my perspective on a Friday the 13th. As Mark reminds me, I am joyous to be alive!
Have a fabulous weekend!
Debbie... aka the cancer warrior ... AND SURVIVOR!!!
Sonoma Relay for Life Team (8/6/11) ~ Debbie's Blasting Crew.