Lymph Node Removal (Lymphadenectomy) for Melanoma
What To Think About
The decision to have a lymphadenectomy is not simple. It depends on your age, the location and thickness of the melanoma, results of the Reference sentinel node biopsy Opens New Window, and other possible treatments. Discuss these issues with your doctor before deciding whether to have a lymphadenectomy.
Not all lymph node enlargement means involvement with melanoma. Other conditions that cause lymph node swelling, such as acne or infection, could occur at the same time as the melanoma. Such conditions should be ruled out before lymphadenectomy is done.
Swelling after surgery (Reference lymphedema Opens New Window) can be prevented or controlled by use of Reference antibiotics Opens New Window, support stockings (also called compression stockings), Reference massage, and Reference diuretics Opens New Window.
Lymphadenectomy usually is not needed if melanoma has not spread to the lymph nodes.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: October 12, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology