4 doctors weighed in:

Why are the lymph nodes in the armpit removed when a person undergoes surgery for breast cancer?

4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Metastatsis

The first place that breast cancer will travel is to the lymph nodes in the armpit.
A procedure called a sentinel lymph node biopsy removes the first draining lymph node from the breast. If this does not have cancer then we know that most lilkely the cancer has not spread.

In brief: Metastatsis

The first place that breast cancer will travel is to the lymph nodes in the armpit.
A procedure called a sentinel lymph node biopsy removes the first draining lymph node from the breast. If this does not have cancer then we know that most lilkely the cancer has not spread.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
Thank
Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Cancer Staging.

The lymph nodes are small filters in the body where cancer cells may spread after breaking out of the organ where the cancer started.
Removing the lymph nodes gives us a "window into the rest of the body" to help us decide who may benefit from chemotherapy.

In brief: Cancer Staging.

The lymph nodes are small filters in the body where cancer cells may spread after breaking out of the organ where the cancer started.
Removing the lymph nodes gives us a "window into the rest of the body" to help us decide who may benefit from chemotherapy.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
Thank
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology

In brief: Cancer hiding spot

The lymph nodes in the axilla/armpit is usually one of the favorite locations of breast cancer to go to.

In brief: Cancer hiding spot

The lymph nodes in the axilla/armpit is usually one of the favorite locations of breast cancer to go to.
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Buck Parker
Board Certified, Surgery
13 years in practice
467K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors