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A sentinel lymph node biopsy is a procedure in which the sentinel lymph node is identified, removed, and examined to determine whether cancer cells are present.
As SLNB involve less extensive surgery and removal of fewer lymph nodes than standard lymph node surgery, there is a lower potential for adverse effects or harm. Similar to other surgical procedures, SLNB can cause short-term pain, swelling and bruising at the surgical site; there is a small risk of infection in the wound. Rarely patients can have an allergic reaction to the blue dye used in SLNB. All risks will be discussed in full with patients by the treating consultant prior to the procedure.
For further information or to book a consultation or treatment, please get in touch with our cancer enquiries team: Call us on 0800 157 7747
Content reviewed: October 2014
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