Types of Lymph Node Surgery for Breast Cancer

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When breast cancer spreads, it goes to nearby lymph nodes under the arm, near the collarbone and breast bone. It’s important to know if your cancer has spread to lymph nodes.

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Types of Lymph Node Surgery for Breast Cancer Dr. Raetasha Dabney explains the types of lymph node surgeries performed on patents with breast cancer. Southlake TX – April 2020 – When breast cancer spreads it goes to nearby lymph nodes under the arm near the collarbone and breast bone. It’s important to know if your cancer has spread to lymph nodes. This will help to determine your treatment and prognosis. If you are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer your lymph nodes will need to be removed through surgery. “Lymph node surgery is necessary to check for cancer in a procedure called sentnel lymph node biopsy or rid the breast of cancer through axillary lymph node dissecton” explained Dr. Dabney. “These procedures are ofen performed depending on the size of the lymph nodes the tumor stage and the patents overall health." Lymph node surgery is ofen performed as part of the primary surgery to remove the cancer but can also be done as a separate operaton. Here are the two types of lymph node surgery:  Sentnel lymph node biopsy – Sentnel lymph node biopsy is carried out to remove lymph nodes with tumors that are likely to spread sentnel nodes. It is done when a surgeon injects a radioactve substance in the tumor and surrounding area to identfy the lymph nodes with the cancer. The surgeon will then remove the lymph nodes to check for cancer cells. If cancer is found a full axillary dissecton will be performed to take out more lymph nodes. Sentnel lymph node biopsy is ofen done in women with early-stage breast cancer.  Axillary lymph node dissecton – This is done afer a sentnel lymph node biopsy shows that three or more lymph nodes contain cancer cells. In this procedure about 20 lymph nodes are removed from the axilla the area under the arm to check for cancer spread. It can be done during a mastectomy or breast-conserving surgery or as a second operaton. “Cancer cells can be detected in the axillary lymph nodes in some types of cancer” contnued Dr.Dabney. “Finding out if the lymph nodes close the breast have cancer can help doctors to determine the best treatment for the patent. However you should discuss your risks and benefts with your doctor beforehand." About Southlake Oncology Southlake Oncology located in the Southlake and Grapevine area is a community-focused oncology practce that delivers exceptonal care to North Texas cancer patents with a variety of cancer diagnoses and blood disorders. Like the other Choice Cancer Care facilites we are an independent treatment center that is physician-owned.

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