- August 4, 2010 at 7:49 pm
I would expect the idea of a sentinel node biopsy would be raised with you. I doubt a surgeon would be willing to strip the entire section of lymph nodes without some evidence of disease in the lymph system. The issue with shave biopsy is, as you noted, it can cut through the tumor. This can make staging very difficult. Really depends on the tumor and the surgeon. You will probably know more after your next appointment, but in any event you may want to get a couple of opinions. You have a couple of very good melanoma docs at Yale, and a very strong team at Sloan Kettering should you decide to take a drive into the city.