At the Oral Cancer Institute (OCI) our surgeons perform sentinel lymph node biopsies (SNLB). SNLB may be an alternative to a selective neck dissection for cancers of the oral cavity. SNLB allows for sampling lymphnodes in the neck to check if there is cancerous spread in them. The procedure is usually shorter than a traditional neck dissection and utilizes smaller incisions. Ask you OCI surgeon if you are candidate for SNLB.