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26 August 2018

Sentinel node biopsy

Sentinel node biopsy

This is a method used to determine whether cancer has metastasized (spread) beyond the primary tumour or cancer site and into the lymph system. Once a melanoma is diagnosed and its thickness determined, this next step in the treatment of this serious skin cancer is used as an important guide for deciding if lymph node testing is necessary. Plastic Surgeons, Mr Adam Bialostocki and Mr Brandon Adams, follow the international guidelines that recommend that melanomas thicker than 1mm are further investigated with Sentinel Node Biopsy. This is done at Grace Private Hospital under general anaesthetic, providing valuable information to both patient and surgeon about their prognosis and further management. With a significant amount of our surgeons' work involving the treatment of skin cancer and reconstruction of areas affected by skin cancer, the importance of having a Plastic Surgeon involved from an aesthetic as well as a medical point of view, is paramount.