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A 47-year-old member asked:

What is the survival rate for breast cancer with lymph node involvement?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Missing Pieces: There are just too many other variables that have to be weighed-in before answering this question such as the tumor type, size, grade, ki-67, estrogen-, progesterone-, her2/neu receptor status, oncotype-dx (in the appropriate setting), pt's age, health, etc. Please remember that survival statistics often reflect how people were treated a decade ago when we had fewer options for rx than today.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Need More Info: There are lots of variables that help estimate survival, including tumor size, type, number of lymph nodes involved, and additional factors such as comorbidities (diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, etc). Here's a good reference: http://sgoti.Ws/upp2y2 good luck.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Breast cancer with lymph node involvement prognosis?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Depends: Lymph nodes are one aspect of evaluation for stage and treatment of breast cancer. It depends on size of breast cancer itself, number of lymph nodes involved, hormone status of the tumor, and dna testing can also help identify breast cancer risks. If the lymph node involvement is small, then there is little additioanl risk to the patient. There are many factors involved in assessing breast cancer.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between lymph nodes and breast cancer?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Normal vs. abnormal: Lymph nodes are normal structures through the body used as a defense and storage site for white blood cells as a means of stopping bacteria, viruses, etc. Breast cancer is a malignancy of some of the cells in the breast tissue, abnormal growing cells.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Is breast cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes cureable?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Absolutely!: Lymph node (ln) involvement implies the presence of cancer cells "elsewhere" in the body. Therefore, the chance for cure is dependent on one's ability to kill these cancer cells thru a combination of chemotherapy & one's immune system. Fortunately, we have many effective drugs to rx breast ca, leading to improved cure rates as compared to even a decade ago. Ln involvement is not a death sentence.

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