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When people have breast cancer, is there is scarring of the lymph nodes?

When people have breast cancer, is there is scarring of the lymph nodes?

What kind of surgery: Scarring of the armpit occurs after armpit node surgery, radiation and sometimes, chemo. The sentinel lymph node operation causes much less scarring compared to the "full" or Level I&II lymph node dissection. The operations take out lymph nodes and cause some scarring of the channels that run to & from the lymph nodes. Radiation & chemo, to some extent, can cause scarring of the nodes themselves.

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Metastatic breast cancer spreading to lymph nodes? Is that usually pretty bad?

Metastatic breast cancer spreading to lymph nodes? Is that usually pretty bad?

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.

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Is it possible for breast cancer to cause bilateral axillary lymph nodes enlargement?

Is it possible for breast cancer to cause bilateral axillary lymph nodes enlargement?

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.

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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?

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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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Can lymph nodes under a person's armpits lead to breast cancer?

Can lymph nodes under a person's armpits lead to breast cancer?

No: Lymph nodes do not cause breast cancer. But breast cancer may spread to the lymph nodes in the axilla (armpit). If you feel enlarged nodes it is best to have medical evaluation to determine te cause of enlargement.

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What is the prognosis for someone who has stage 3 breast cancer with 16/17 positive lymph nodes?

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.

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What is the life expectancy of a person with breast cancer if there are no lymph nodes involved?

What is the life expectancy of a person with breast cancer if there are no lymph nodes involved?

Variable: There are many other factors that impact life expectancy in a person with breast cancer besides lymph node invovlement. Things like the size of the tumor, estrogen and Progesterone status and her2-neu status are necessary to help determine prognosis.

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What to do if I have secondary breast cancer in my lymph nodes and bones?

What to do if I have secondary breast cancer in my lymph nodes and bones?

Oncologist: See your oncologist for a full evaluation & determination of the treatment options.

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What to do if I have secondary breast cancer in my lymph nodes and bones?

What to do if I have secondary breast cancer in my lymph nodes and bones?

Sorry to hear thus: See your oncologist for a full review of the treatment options. Best wishes.

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How long does it take for untreated breast cancer to spread to the lymph nodes?

How long does it take for untreated breast cancer to spread to the lymph nodes?

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 in size it gets the more likelihood of spread to armpit lymph glands.

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Need advice on what is the the difference between lymph nodes and breast cancer?

Need advice on what is the the difference between lymph nodes and breast cancer?

Lymph nodes: Are normal structures in the body involved in lymphatic drainage and body immunity. Breast cancer is a neoplasm which can spread through the body using the lymphatic channels. If it does, the cancer can cause the regional lymph nodes to be involved with cancer and enlarge.

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For what length of time can a person survive breast cancer if there are no lymph nodes involved?

For what length of time can a person survive breast cancer if there are no lymph nodes involved?

Multiple factors: When we discuss risk for spread after breast cancer surgery, we need to evaluate multiple factors including the size of the tumor, grade, hormone status (estrogen, Progesterone receptors and her-2) and possibly the clinical risk score (oncotype, mammoprint, etc).

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My grandma was diagnosed with breast cancer that has spread to 2 lymph nodes. What stage is that?

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.

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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.

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Is it possible for breast cancer to spread to bones even if it didn't reach the blood system or any lymph nodes?

Is it possible for breast cancer to spread to bones even if it didn't reach the blood system or any lymph nodes?

Possible: Hi ASandler, Typically, cancer spreads through the bloodstream (hematogenous spread) or the lymphatics as you stated. However, direct invasion is also possible.

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Are secondary breast cancer in their bones and lymph nodes (in my neck) common?

Are secondary breast cancer in their bones and lymph nodes (in my neck) common?

Can occur: Breast cancers can spread to lymph nodes or through the blood stream to the bones. Needs special testing, maybe pet scan, maybe biopsy to tell.

Dr. Barry Rosen
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