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Can breast cancer spread under your arm?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Yes.: As many as 1/3 of all people diagnosed with breast cancer are found to have microscopic evidence of cancer in the lymph nodes under their armpit. We use this information to guide further therapy, making this a critical part of breast cancer surgery. In the past, we would remove 10-20 lymph nodes to determine this. Now, this information can be found by removing a few "sentinel" lymph nodes.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How does breast cancer spread?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Circulation: Most breast cancers begin in the breast ducts, where milk is transported to the nipple. Invasive cancers break out of the duct and spread to the adjacent supportive tissue within the breast, where the lymphatics and blood vessels are found. These cancer cells may enter these vessels and travel anywhere in the body.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

How fast can breast cancer spread?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Variable: First and foremost, not all breast cancers spread: many are confined to the breast without any ability to travel to other organs. For those that 'spread', the growth rates vary between months to decades before they become detectable. Furthermore, chemotherapy may eradicate these cells that have spread, and they may never become evident.

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Last updated Feb 8, 2017

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