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Lymph node dissection can be used to treat melanoma that has spread to the lymph nodes. This surgery – also known as a lymphadenectomy – may be recommended if the results of a lymph node biopsy indicate that the cancer has made its way into the patient’s lymphatic system.

Usually, a lymph node dissection is used to remove several lymph nodes in the area closest to the tumor. The tissues are then sent to a laboratory, where a pathologist will examine the lymph nodes for signs of cancer. If one or more nodes are found to be cancerous, radiation therapy or chemotherapy may be recommended to destroy any cancerous cells that may have spread through the lymphatic system.

At Moffitt Cancer Center, we perform a high volume of lymph node dissections each year. We have a highly skilled team of surgeons who treat skin cancer – and only skin cancer – which gives them the experience necessary to operate with refined precision. Additionally, our surgeons:

  • Send tissue samples to our on-site lab, where our knowledgeable pathologists can quickly and accurately perform any necessary diagnostic testing
  • Have access to state-of-the-art surgical tools and are actively involved in the development of advanced techniques
  • Understand the importance of achieving good cosmetic outcomes to preserve a patient’s quality of life after surgery
  • Work closely with our radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and other medical professionals to coordinate pre- and post-surgical treatment

To learn more about lymph node dissection or any other type of skin cancer surgery offered at Moffitt, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online. You do not need a referral to consult with one of our expert oncologists.