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glossary:lymphadenectomy [2012/10/16 14:40] (current)
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|+||(1) A surgical procedure in which the [[:lymph nodes]] are removed and examined to see whether they contain [[cancer]]. For a regional lymphadenectomy, some of the lymph nodes in the [[tumor]] area are removed; for a radical lymphadenectomy, most or all of the lymph nodes in the tumor area are removed. Also called lymph node dissection.|
|+||(2) Lymphadenectomy, also called lymph node dissection, is a surgical procedure in which lymph glands are removed from the body and examined for the presence of cancerous cells. A limited or modified lymphadenectomy removes only some of the lymph nodes in the area around a tumor; a total or radical lymphadenectomy removes all of the lymph nodes in the area.|