How long surgery takes
Surgery takes about an hour. The process of being admitted and prepared for surgery will vary from place to place. The amount of time you spend in the recovery room, waking up and getting to the point that you're ready to go home, will vary from woman to woman.
Most surgeons make a two–to–three–inch incision in the skin crease under your arm.
General anesthesia is used. Most commonly, the lower two levels of the three levels of axillary nodes will be removed. Occasionally, a surgeon will take one or two nodes from the top level, as an extra precaution. If you have a modified radical mastectomy, the lymph node dissection usually occurs in the same operation. If you have a lumpectomy, the lymph node dissection may occur at the same time or in a later operation. Once the surgeon removes the nodes, a pathologist will examine them carefully for signs of cancer. It may take days before the pathology report is available.
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Lymph node culture is a laboratory test performed on a lymph node to identify microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, and fungi) that cause infection and lymph node swelling.
Culture - lymph node
How the test is performed
A sample of fluid from a lymph node is needed. This may be done using a needle to draw out fluid (aspiration) or during a lymph node biopsy .
The sample is sent to a laboratory where it is placed in a special dish and watched to see if bacteria, fungi, or viruses grow. This is called a culture. Sometimes special stains are also used to identify specific cells or microorganisms.
If needle aspiration does not provide a good enough sample, the entire lymph node may be removed and sent for culture and other testing.
How to prepare for the test
There is no special preparation needed for the lab test. For information on how to prepare for the lymph node sample, see lymph node biopsy .
How the test...
When skin cancer spreads from the original location to other areas in your body, it travels through the lymph nodes. Lymph nodes are located throughout your body and work to help fight infections and filter out toxins from your bloodstream. When cancer reaches the lymph nodes, it can grow there, causing the cancer to be spread to other areas in your body. Because of this, doctors often perform a lymph node biopsy on the lymph nodes closest to the cancer. If cancer is found, those lymph nodes are removed .
Lymphoseek is a radioactive substance that is injected into the original tumor site. It is manufactured by Navidea Biopharmaceuticals. Once it is injected, hand-held gamma counter can be used to determine if the substance has traveled to the lymph nodes. This allows doctors to accurately determine if lymph nodes, and which ones, need to be removed. In 2013, Lymphoseek was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be used for melanoma and breast cancer. In...
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