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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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Breast Cancer (Female) (Definition)

Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it 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 on an annual basis. ...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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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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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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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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sore type pain .?

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 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?

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

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


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Breast carcinoma is a type of cancer where this uncontrolled growth of breast cells. Symptoms can include breast lumps, pain, and weight ...Read more