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The case for sentinel node biopsy

The less invasive way to diagnose and treat head and neck cancers 
Sentinel node biopsy

A less invasive procedure to diagnose and treat head and neck cancers is proving beneficial for patients

In early 2014, when working at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, I saw first-hand the benefits of using sentinel node biopsy (SNB) – a less invasive treatment for diagnosing and treating head and neck cancers.

What is sentinel node biopsy?

SNB is an alternative, and significantly less invasive, treatment for diagnosing and treating head and neck cancers. A fluorescent camera locates the nodes in the neck that could contain migrating cancer cells, so that these can be targeted and removed.

This saves more than 70% of patients with early disease from having a neck dissection. It spares vital glands and helps patients get back to a normal life more quickly, compared with traditional neck dissection techniques.

SNB has been


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