Doctor insights on:
Do Chronic Swollen Lymph Nodes In The Arm Pit Most Likely Mean Breast Cancer
Ct neck shows scattered subcm short axis dimension lymph nodes anterior posterior cervical chains bilat. 2 x triple neg breast cancer surv. Biopsy?
Imaging/biopsy: You have been through a lot. Imaging with ct scan provides information and helps guide next steps, but is not diagnostic. A biopsy obtains tissue for pathology to make the diagnose of lymph node. The timing of biopsy in relation to your overall health will be best addressed between you and your doc. Take family or friend with you. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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?
I have 2 peasize swollen lymph nodes been under armpit for 6 months. No pain/itch. I'm 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
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
If woman has lymphedema (first time) caused by breast cancer (15 yrs ago), can lump on breast be swollen lymph node or is cancer more likely?
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
Diagnosed with shingles 5 days ago; have lymphedema on 1 arm from removal of 30 breast cancer involved lymph nodes — what if shingles spreads to arm?
Secondary infection: Good news is that shingles always follows set patterns. The outbreaks follow the course of a sensory nerve. So, if the outbreak isn't now near the arm, it is very unlikely that it will go there. You can search online for shingles dermatomes to see the patterns. If it does make it to your arm, secondary infection is your biggest concern. Be careful the blisters do not pop and become infected. ...Read more
Uncertain: Other things besides cancer can cause lymph node enlargement but it certainly warrants being checked out by you primary care physician. They may elect to follow you for a few weeks to see if it doesn't go away. If not, they may refer you to someone to do a sampling which can be done as a small surgery or needle procedure. ...Read more
If Breast cancer spreads to the neck lymph nodes, does it usually spread to the same side as to where the cancer is?
Lymph nodes: Yes it is more common to spread to the same side as the breast cancer ...Read more
Is it possible for breast cancer to spread to bones even if it didn't reach the blood system or any lymph nodes?
Surgeon said occult breast cancer spread to 2lymp nodes under arm no sign cancer in breast. Surgeon advise remove lymph glands, leave breast. Should i?
Surgeon said occult breast cancer spread to 2lymp nodes under arm no sign cancer in breast. Surgeon advises take out lymph glands, live breast. Should?
Standard treatment: The surgeon is giving you the "best evidence" advice. Without detecting any tumor in the breast, it is safer, less mutilating, less painful, less expensive, and better psychologically to leave the breast in place. Usually the tumor is so tiny that it cannot be found. Often, chemotherapy (to kill any cancer cells elsewhere in the body) and radiation to the breast is done. Good luck! ...Read more
The spread in months: Well it depends on the aggressiveness of the tumor itself since the grading of the tumor is variable. It will be counted in months and not years. In addition, the size of the tumor the bigger it gets the more likelihood of spread to armpit lymph glands. ...Read more
Receptors: This really depends on whether the tumor displays the estrogen, progesterone, and her-2 receptors. You can find this on your pathology report or you can ask your oncologist. The positive nodes is a worse prognosis than if 0 nodes were involved, but the prognosis can still be decent based on the receptor status that I mentioned. ...Read more
How much time for incurable breast cancer that has spread to the bones, the spine and lymph nodes which have caused edema in the arm?
Possibly long time:
One of the sites of metastatic breast cancer that response to newer chemo drugs is osseous involvement. All depend of course on hormone status of the tumor and whether it is triple negative or responds to herceptin/taxol.
I now believe that what is in the nodes such as axilla stay in axilla and if not removed may cause the swelling of the arm. Age here is also a factor. ...Read more
My grandma was diagnosed with breast cancer that has spread to 2 lymph nodes. What stage is that?
Depends: Lymph nodes are one aspect of evaluation for stage and treatment of breast cancer. It also depends on the size of the breast cancer itself. Your grandmother could have stage 2a, 2b, 3a or 3b. Depends on the size of the breast tumor as to the stage. Ask her oncologist for more accurate information. ...Read more
What do you think, could having your breasts and lymph nodes removed eliminate your chance of breast cancer?
Not entirely: It's fairly common for women with one of the breast cancer family genes to have a prophylactic mastectomy. It reduces but does not eliminate the cancer risk. Leave the lymph nodes alone, you need them. ...Read more
Not necessarily: 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. ...Read more
Axillary adenopathy: It would be very unlikely that breast CA would cause symmetrical and bilateral lymphnode swelling. Sounds much more likely to be an infectious/viral process. ...Read more
I had a stage 1 mic breast cancer, clear nodes, estpr positive, 5 years ago, would it have been necessary to remove 13 lymph nodes?
Times change: It is now standard to do a sentinel node biopsy first and if a pathologist finds it is negative not to go after other nodes. However, it was less clear 5 years ago that this was safe, and so many surgeons at that time did full axillary node dissections when removing a breast cancer. One can't say now that that was "wrong" as it was within the standards of care then. ...Read more
What are the symtoms of breast cancer? I am only 31 years old. I have two knots on left breast sizes are from nickel to a quarter, and on my right there is just one and it is nickel size. I have swollen lymph notes and feel very weak. Losing weight, and t
Usually no symptoms : Early breast cancer has no symptoms other than a pailess lump. More advanced tumors may cause pain, discomfort and swelling or deformity of the breast. ...Read more
Mother diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in breast, multiple lymph nodes, liver and bones. How long does she have?
Depends: First, it is now clear we physicians can't predict the survival of any single individual very precisely. We can say that of a thousand patients with a given condition, half will still be alive at x date. For a breast cancer patient, even one with stage IV disease, the prognosis depends on many things: is the tumor hormone sensitive or not? Is there a her2-neu gene amplification? So it depends. ...Read more
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
Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or ...Read more
- Talk to a doctor online
- Do swollen lymph nodes mean cancer?
- Swollen nymph node in arm pit
- What do swollen lymph nodes mean on a mammogram?
- Breast cancer swollen lymph nodes in neck
- What causes swollen nodes in my arm pit?
- Chronic swollen lymph node in neck
- Chronic sinusitis swollen lymph nodes
- Swollen lymph node in crease in arm
- Swollen lymph nodes under arm pit