Many cases of head and neck cancer spread to the neck or cervical lymph nodes. While these metastasized cells are sometimes large enough for detection with imaging exams, they are often microscopic and therefore undetectable through traditional modalities.
Neck dissection is a surgical procedure to remove cancerous lymph nodes or if the nodes are suspected to contain cancerous cells. There are several different types of neck dissection procedures. The best type for each patient will be determined after a thorough evaluation of your condition by an experienced doctor.