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Lymph Node Dissection

Glossary

lymph node dissection

A surgical procedure in which the lymph nodes are removed and a sample of tissue is checked under a microscope for signs of cancer. For a regional lymph node dissection, some of the lymph nodes in the tumor area are removed; for a radical lymph node dissection, most or all of the lymph nodes in the tumor area are removed. Also called lymphadenectomy.

Last updated: 2016-01-06

Source: The National Cancer Institute's Dictionary of Cancer Terms (http://www.cancer.gov/dictionary)