- July 30, 2010 at 11:38 pm
It means that the melanoma is confined to the lymph node alone. There was no sign that the melanoma was extending out of the lymph node capsule to the surrounding tissue. That is a good thing. The problem with melanoma is that even when it has not spread beyond the surface of the lymph node, it can spread through the lymphatic channels (which drains nodes) or through the blood system. That is the fear we all have with Melanoma. I hope that helps. I’ll extend good wishes and prayers that your Dad continues to do well.