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Lymph Node Biopsy

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Cancer spreads from one area of the body to another by going through the lymph nodes. When your doctor is determining what stage of cancer you have, they may need to examine tissue from your lymph node to look for cancer cells using a biopsy. You may also need a lymph node biopsy if your lymph nodes are enlarged.

Sylvester’s interventional radiologists can get tissue from a lymph node through a minimally invasive lymph node biopsy to help diagnose cancer. 

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Expert care from highly trained interventional radiologists. Our interventional radiologists and radiology specialists are experts in a variety of minimally invasive procedures — everything from treatments to clear blocked blood vessels to advanced cancer therapies like NanoKnife®.

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Who is a Candidate? 


Many patients with early-stage cancer will need a lymph node biopsy to ensure cancer has not spread to other areas of the body. Some cancers that commonly require lymph node biopsies include:


What to Expect


Your doctor may tell you not to eat or take certain medications, like aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) before your procedure. Always tell your doctor what medicines you are taking, including vitamins or herbs.

For your lymph node biopsy, you may receive sedation to help you stay calm during the procedure. Your doctor may also apply local anesthetic to numb the area where they will insert the biopsy needle so you won’t feel pain.

Your doctor will use computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or X-rays to guide the needle to the lymph node that needs to be biopsied. The doctor will insert the needle and then use it to remove tissue from the lymph node. Once they have enough tissue, they will remove the needle and put a bandage or dressing on the area where it was inserted.

A lymph node biopsy performed with a needle is a quick, 20-minute procedure. You should be able to return home immediately afterward (outpatient procedure) and resume normal activities the next day. Your doctor will contact you with the results of your biopsy within a week.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.