Sentinel node biopsy is recommended for people with certain types of cancer in order to determine whether the cancer cells have migrated into the lymphatic system.

Sentinel node biopsy is routinely used for people with:

  • Breast cancer
  • Melanoma

Sentinel node biopsy is sometimes used in other types of cancer, such as:

  • Cervical cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Non-small cell lung cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Vulvar cancer
Nov. 15, 2011