The Role of Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Non-melanoma Skin Cancer of the Head and Neck

  • James WykesEmail author
  • Jonathan Clark
  • Navin Niles
Part of the Head and Neck Cancer Clinics book series (HNCC)


Non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) is the most common form of skin cancer and often affects the frequently sun-exposed areas of the head and neck. In 2008, an estimated 430,000 new cases were diagnosed in Australia [1]. Two-thirds of Australians over the age of 70 years will develop a NMSC, most of which are basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) that rarely metastasize to lymph nodes. The occurrence of squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) is approximately half that of BCCs but their capacity for lymph node metastases is much greater [2]. Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare but aggressive cutaneous neuroendocrine tumour that has a high propensity for regional and distant spread.


Sentinel Node Sentinel Node Biopsy Neck Dissection Basal Cell Carcinoma Merkel Cell Carcinoma 
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© Faruque Riffat, Carsten E. Palme, Michael Veness, Rehan Kazi, Raghav C. Dwivedi 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Head and Neck SurgeryLiverpool HospitalSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Head and Neck Surgery, Sydney Head and Neck Cancer InstituteRoyal Prince Alfred HospitalSydneyAustralia

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