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No. A lymph node biopsy is a minimally-invasive procedure that is not painful, since it is done under local or general anesthesia. This numbs the area being biopsied, and hence you do not feel any pain or discomfort.

Yes. A lymph node biopsy can be covered through insurance companies since this procedure is done for medical reasons. 

The following doctors can perform a lymph node biopsy:

  • A radiologist
  • A general surgeon
  • An ENT Surgeon

A sentinel node biopsy can effectively identify cancer cells in sentinel lymph nodes (these are the first nodes to which cancer can spread). Certain cancers like thyroid and skin cancers spread through the lymphatic system (organs or tissues that fight infections).

Lymph nodes are small, bean-shaped structures that are part of the lymphatic system, which is a network of vessels and tissues that helps to maintain the body's fluid balance and immune defense. Lymph nodes are found throughout the body but are most commonly located in the neck, armpits, groin, and abdomen.

No. Not all swollen lymph nodes are indicative of cancer, since they may also enlarge due to simple infections like colds, sore throat, or ear infections. However, it is best to get a lymph node biopsy to rule out cancer especially if the enlargement persists for a long time.

A positive result means there are cancer cells in the sentinel nodes, and that cancer has begun to spread to other parts of your body. It helps the surgeon determine the further treatment that you require. 

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