SKIN CANCER

LYMPH NODES & LYMPHATIC SYSTEM

Lymphatic vessels form a network around the body that carry a fluid called lymph. Lymph is a clear fluid which bathes the tissues in the body and is squeezed out of the bloodstream as blood flows round the body. Once it has washed the cells the lymphatic channels carry the fluid back into the bloodstream.

Lymph nodes are bean like structures and are responsible for trapping cancer cells, bacteria and other harmful substances.
Lymph nodes are aggregated around the body in various locations:

Head and Neck:

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Arm pits or Axilla:

arm-pits

Pelvis:

Pelvic Nodes

Groin:

Groin nodes

Surgery on the lymph nodes is an important part of the management of skin cancers which have the ability to spread around the body.

Ewan Wilson offers a full surgical service to assess and treat lymph nodes with the following procedures.
To learn more about the procedures please click on them.

Sentinel Node Biopsy
Parotidectomy
Neck Dissection
Axillary Dissection
Pelvic Dissection
Groin dissection

British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons
Society of Surgical Oncology
General Medical Council
Royal College of Surgeons