John A.P. Rimmer MD is one of Florida's leading general surgeons whose practice specializes in diseases of the breast, offering comprehensive testing and treatment options. Dr. Rimmer is also a highly rated Sentinel lymph node biopsy specialist in Jupiter, Florida.

About The Sentinel Lymph Node

It's the initial node in a series of nodes where cancer cells often move on to after they've propagated out of the initial cancer location. When it comes to breast cancer, the sentinel node is typically located under the arm.

What is a Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy?

It's a biopsy that is performed to determine if an identified cancer, including melanoma or breast cancer, has spread to the lymph nodes. If cancer isn't found, the operation is easier to do, takes less time and has a lower chance of long term complications that often include lymphedema (recurring swelling of an arm or leg). In some cases, a sentinel node biopsy can be performed instead of lymph node dissection, which is a much more extensive surgery. If cancer is identified during surgery, more surgery might be required to remove more of the lymph nodes. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Doctor Rimmer, sentinel lymph node biopsy specialist in Jupiter. The doctor will step you through the process, discussing your options, sharing the risks and possible outcomes.

A sentinel lymph node biopsy is generally conducted by the doctor at the time of a mastectomy or lumpectomy to rule out the spread of breast cancer to the surrounding lymph vessels. Negative test results mean that the cancer hasn't spread to the lymphatic system while a positive node verifies the spread and the possible need for chemotherapy. In addition, a positive result typically calls for additional nodes to be tested for metastatis and if more are confirmed, a complete axillary node dissection may be required.

Dr. Rimmer, sentinel lymph node biopsy specialist in Jupiter's continued quest is for perfection in all areas of his expertise from the initial consultations with his patients, to his communication skills, to his surgical and follow up competencies. Call (561) 748-1242 today with any questions you have or to schedule an appointment for a one on one consultation with a doctor you can count on to be your advocate through all facets of your breast cancer treatments.