Published in Cancer Weekly, August 19th, 1996
"The sentinel node biopsy is a tremendous advantage for the 40-50 percent of patients with intermediate-thickness lesions whose melanoma may have spread to the lymph nodes," said John C. D'Emilia, M.D., VCU's Medical College of Virginia. "The traditional biopsy's pain and complications - such as nerve damage and swelling - were often worse than the surgery to remove the melanoma. By removing only the sentinel node, which is the gate-keeper of the lymph-node colony, we give patients a simpler,...
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