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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. ...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


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Mother diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in breast, multiple lymph nodes, liver and bones. How long does she have?

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

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Supraclavicular lymph nodes enlargement as well I found swelling in area under my breast. What it can be?

Supraclavicular lymph nodes enlargement as well I found swelling in area under my breast. What it can be?

Needs evaluation.: It is very difficult to give a diagnosis without doing a physical exam with this type of complaint. With enlarged lymph nodes there a various possibilities: infection, inflammation, tumor. In this case we want to make sure this is not a malignant tumor in your breast even though you are young. Make sure you see your doctor ASAP for evaluation and diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the difference between breast cancer and simple lymph?

Cancer v. Node: Lymph node is a structure in the body that screens lymph that is being drained from surrounding tissue against infection. Breast cancer is a collection of cells from breast ducts/lobules (usually) that have become immortal and often rapidly proliferative whereby they invade surrounding tissues depriving normal cells the ability to co-exist. Cancer cells may find their way to nearby lymph nodes. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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My aunt is diagnosed with breast cancer stage 3 which is slightly spreaded to lymph node. Is it curable?

My aunt is diagnosed with breast cancer stage 3 which is slightly spreaded to lymph node. Is it curable?

Yes: There are cure rates for stage iii breast cancer. Here is a good resource to read more:

http://www. Cancer. Net/cancer-types/breast-cancer. ...Read more

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Does transgender (female to male) and has surgery to remove the breasts and lymph nodes reduce the risk of breast cancer?

Does transgender (female to male) and has surgery to remove the breasts and lymph nodes reduce the risk of breast cancer?

Probably: In general, transgender surgery does not remove your lymph nodes... Just the breasts. A cosmetic, non-cancer, operation for the breasts can occasionally leave some breast tissue. This may leave you with some risk of breast cancer, but this is probably much less than 5%. Everything still depends on your underlying risk of breast cancer, which may depend on your family history and other factors.. ...Read more

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If a transgender (female to male) had surgery to remove the breasts and lymph nodes, would this reduce the risk of breast cancer?

Yes.: A mastectomy does reduce the risk of breast cancer. It certainly is not completely gone but it definitely helps. ...Read more

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I have lymph in my right breast I have no pain in it and it is not moveable. Can u call this breast cancer

I have lymph in my right breast I have no pain in it and it is not moveable. Can u call this breast cancer

Breast Lump: A fixed mass or nodule in the breast is concerning for a neoplasm (a benign or malignant tumor). The most common breast cancer is invasive ductal carcinoma. However, this cannot be diagnosed without an appropriate biopsy of the lesion. It is also recommended that you have breast imaging to further quantify the lesion and if there are any other lesions in either breast. See your physician. ...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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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

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