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Forum Name: Breast Cancer

Question: BC with lymph nodes involved

 lilonething - Thu Sep 27, 2007 7:36 am

My friend has just been diagnosed with breast cancer and needs to have lymph nodes removed right away. What does it mean if lymph nodes are involved? Does it make it much more serious (not that it wasn't already)?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Wed Oct 03, 2007 5:57 pm

User avatar Hi Lilonething,

Lymph node involvement indicates that the cancer has spread out of the breast into the nearby lymph nodes. The lymph nodes in the arm pit are commonly the first area that breast cancer spreads to.

Having this spread indicates that the cancer is a little more advanced and likely will need further treatment other than simple removal of the cancer lump.

Many other factors go into determining how agressive the cancer is and what treatments are appropriate so your friend will need to have close follow up with an oncologist. Treatment of breast cancer is getting better and better as we learn more about the disease. Many women now are able to beat the disease.

Best wishes.

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