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Melanoma and Sentinel Node Biopsy during Pregnancy

Date: 2008-03-31

Hi, I am 18 weeks pregnant and I've just been diagnosed with melanoma. I had a mole removed on my right shoulder, and the biopsy revealed a tumor 1.2 mm Breslow. Is it safe to do the Sentinnel Lymph Node Test in my condition? I have also done the second surgery to remove more tissue from around the initial mole. Thank you. Kind regards, Florina


The following information should not replace the assessment and advice you have been receiving from your physician (cancer specialist, obstetrician, or any other healthcare provider). It is offered for your information only. Consult your physician.

A sentinel lymph node biopsy is a small surgical procedure that takes out lymph node tissue to look for cancer. A sentinel node biopsy is used to see if the melanoma has spread from the original cancer site. In general, surgery is not contraindicated for pregnancy and the use of general anesthesia does not increase the risk for birth defects above the baseline risk of 1-3%. The doctor will inject a dye, usually Isosulfan Blue. At 18 weeks of gestation, there is no risk of malformations from this dye.

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