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A 21-year-old member asked:

why are the lymph nodes in the armpit removed when a person undergoes surgery for breast cancer?

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Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 20 years experience
Cancer hiding spot: The lymph nodes in the axilla/armpit is usually one of the favorite locations of breast cancer to go to.
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Cancer Staging.: The lymph nodes are small filters in the body where cancer cells may spread after breaking out of the organ where the cancer started. Removing the lymph nodes gives us a "window into the rest of the body" to help us decide who may benefit from chemotherapy.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
Metastatsis: The first place that breast cancer will travel is to the lymph nodes in the armpit. A procedure called a sentinel lymph node biopsy removes the first draining lymph node from the breast. If this does not have cancer then we know that most lilkely the cancer has not spread.

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I am 45 with 3 failed ivfs, 5 yrs ago. Benign ovar. Cyst removed then. Last period jul 10. Hcg 464 (20 dpo) & 843 (22.5 dpo) mild cramp, no bleed, ache 1 side. Ectopic, cancer, menopause?

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