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Do chronic swollen lymph nodes in the arm pit most likely mean breast cancer?

Do chronic swollen lymph nodes in the arm pit most likely mean breast cancer?

May need biopsy.....: If the lymph nodes are persistent after seeing your doctor and being evaluated for a possible infection and perhaps being treated with a course of antibiotics, a consultation with a breast cancer surgeon may be needed. Also, a proper breast exam with your doctor, mammogram and ultrasound should be performed if not already. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Swelling of lymph nodes under the arm is a symptom of breast cancer? Are the swollen lymph nodes supposed to be pain-free?

Swelling of lymph nodes under the arm is a symptom of breast cancer? Are the swollen lymph nodes supposed to be pain-free?

No neccasarily: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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Swelling of lymph nodes under the arm is a symptom of breast cancer, are the swollen lymph nodes supposed to be painful or pain-free?

Swelling of lymph nodes under the arm is a symptom of breast cancer, are the swollen lymph nodes supposed to be painful or pain-free?

Pain due to infectio: Painful lymph nodes are usually inflammatory or infectious. Cancer lymph nodes usually don't hurt unless they are very large. ...Read more

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Do long lasting swollen lymph nodes in the armpit most likely mean breast cancer?

Do long lasting swollen lymph nodes in the armpit most likely mean breast cancer?

No: There are many reasons to have swollen lymph nodes. Some are common problems, like infection other are cancerous. Breast cancer is not the only cancer to cause lymph node enlargement. This can only be answered with an examination by a doctor. ...Read more

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I have 2 peasize swollen lymph nodes been under armpit for 6 months. No pain/itch. Im 24 and not married, would there be a chance for breast cancer?

I have 2 peasize swollen lymph nodes been under armpit for 6 months. No pain/itch. Im 24 and not married, would there be a chance for breast cancer?

Unlikely at your age: Your entire axillary area you will have 20 times more lymph glands than 2 , any inflammation in upper arm chest, breast will result in enlarged lymph nodes besides tumors , pea size is not big , in thin people they can be feel normally, don't worry , go and see your doctor. ...Read more

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Are swollen lymph nodes in neck a sign of breast cancer?

Are swollen lymph nodes in neck a sign of breast cancer?

Depends: Usually lymph drains centrally, so suggests throat/sinus/ear infection--unless limited to nodes at base of neck/upper chest, then possible. See dr for exam. ...Read more

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I hjave stage 4 breast cancer. Metasatic cancer. I have a small swell on my neck also when i lift my arm i i also have a sore type pain .?

I  hjave stage 4 breast cancer. Metasatic cancer. I have a small swell on my neck
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See your oncologist: Please communicate this symptom and others to your oncologist and members of your breast cancer team. You should be evaluated and examined. Best of luck to you, stay strong and keep up the fight! ...Read more

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What type of breast cancer that cause the breast to swell and cause under the armpit to have a painful lump? And does that mean the cancer has spread

What type of breast cancer that cause the breast to swell and cause under the armpit to have a painful lump? And does that mean the cancer has spread

Possibly IBC: Inflammatory breast cancer occurs suddenly with breast pain, redness, or swelling. It is very fast-growing and spreads quickly. It looks like an infection, so doctors often try antibiotics first, delaying diagnosis. However, infection is also a possibility. See a doctor immediately for these symptoms. If it is cancer, your symptoms don't mean it has spread. But you need a biopsy of any lump! ...Read more

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What can cause swelling below the areola (besides inflammatory breast cancer)? No redness, pain, etc. Swollen nodes, but have been battling an infection.

What can cause swelling below the areola (besides inflammatory breast cancer)? No redness, pain, etc. Swollen nodes, but have been battling an infection.

Fibrocystic changes: Swelling below the areoal is ususally from benign causes. Inflammatory breast carcinoma is a lesion of the subcutaneous lymphatics of breast infiltrated with Ca. The breast becomes swollen and erytenatous with the edges of the lesion elevated. A 3D mammo or MRI of breast can resolve the issue. Bx is necessary to RO inflammatory Ca which can be lethal. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer spread under your arm?

Can breast cancer spread under your arm?

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. ...Read more

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Can pain in my shoulder and down my arm be breast cancer?

Unlikely: This is more likely nerve impingment. If the symptoms are persistent and you have a personal or family history of heart diease, you should talk with your doctor since chest pain from heart disease in women may be atypical. ...Read more

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Could a swollen lymph node be breast cancer?

Could a  swollen lymph node be breast cancer?

Possibly: A swollen lymph node in the armpit could be from breast cancer but in most patients, it is much more likely to be a benign swelling from a number of other causes. Regardless, you should have your doctor check it out. ...Read more

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Would the arm be edematousf the patient has breast cancer, and their axillary lymphy nodes are removed?

Would the arm be edematousf the patient has breast cancer, and their axillary lymphy nodes are removed?

Lymphedema: The removal of lymph nodes is the main cause of lymphedema. The nodes drain fluid from the arm. This is a treatable problem but not curable. I highly recommend going to a lymphedema clinic in order to get evaluated and treated. Treatment includes manual massage, exercises, arm sleeve and other types of manipulation. ...Read more

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Can you get breast cancer if your breast get squeeze really hard and the next day it became very painful, swollen, red, warm, and lumps?

Can you get breast cancer if your breast get squeeze really hard and the next day it became very painful, swollen, red, warm, and lumps?

Trauma to breast.: No, squeezing injury will not result in overnight development of breast cancer. If the breast is red, painful and lumpy - the two diagnoses can be bruising or bruising with infection. See your pcp for an evaluation and management. ...Read more

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I don't know if its a swollen sweat gland in my breast or what, however I do have a history of breast cancer in my family. I am scared help?

I don't know if its a swollen sweat gland in my breast or what, however I do have a history of breast cancer in my family. I am scared help?

See a doc!: It's probably not this, but inflammatory breast cancer occurs suddenly with breast pain, redness, or swelling or a rash. Mammograms are often negative. It is very fast-growing and spreads quickly. Immediate chemotherapy is needed. It looks like an infection, so doctors often try antibiotics first, delaying diagnosis. See a medical oncologist immediately if you have these symptoms. ...Read more

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Swollen l suprclav node for 3mo. Ultrasound shows it to be1.5cm. Dr says its benign. No breast cancer. What now?!

Swollen l suprclav node for 3mo. Ultrasound shows it to be1.5cm. Dr says its benign. No breast cancer. What now?!

1.5 cm and benign?: Normally, any lymph node greater than 1 cm in the neck is considered suspicious. If it has not grown in three months, that is somewhat reassuring. If it shows any more growth, i would certainly biopsy it. If you biopsied it now, there is probably over a 90% chance that your doctor is right. Weight loss, night sweats, unexplained fevers, sore throat, difficulty swallowing or hoarseness? ...Read more

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What can cause pain under the arm? Is this a sign of breast? Grandmother recently died of breast cancer. How common is breast cancer in a 24 year old?

What can cause pain under the arm? Is this a sign of breast? Grandmother recently died of breast cancer. How common is breast cancer in a 24 year old?

Many things, no, not: Several things can cause pain under your arm. Breast cancer is usually a painless event and most commonly found by ultrasound, mammogram or by physical examination with evidence of a lump or mass. Breast cancer is relatively infrequent in 24-year-olds ...Read more

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Swollen supraclavicular node 1.5cm (3mo's) - ultrasound/mamm done to confirm not breast cancer. Now they are making me wait another month. Is this ok?

Swollen supraclavicular node 1.5cm (3mo's) - ultrasound/mamm done to confirm not breast cancer. Now they are making me wait another month. Is this ok?

It depends: Your lymph node is bigger than normal, but i need more history to know whether to be concerned. Is it on the right or left? Is it rubbery, tender, or rock hard? Do you have any other lymph nodes that are swollen? Have you had a chest x-ray in the last year? A supraclavicular node drains the lungs and the abdomen as well as part of the breast. Do you have other symptoms? ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Occurs when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. Often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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