Neck lymph node biopsy

During a biopsy of neck lymph nodes a doctor uses a thin needle to take samples of cells from neck lymph nodes.

You usually have a biopsy to find out if you have cancer in the lung or airways. This is where a doctor or nurse takes a sample of cells or tissue from the abnormal area. They check the samples for cancer cells.

Sometimes the doctor may take a sample of cells from the lymph nodes in the neck. Before your doctor does it, they use an ultrasound scan to examine the lymph nodes. Then they pass a thin needle into a lymph node and take a sample of cells. They will look at the sample under a microscope to check for cancer cells.

You can have this test as an outpatient and go home on the same day.