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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Linfadenectomía

Lymphadenectomy (LIM-fa-deh-NEK-toh-mee)
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.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.