Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
Axillary lymph node dissection is an important part of a complete diagnosis, staging and treatment plan for breast cancer patients. An axillary lymph node dissection involves the removal of lymph nodes from the underarm (armpit) area, and may be done as part of a lumpectomy or mastectomy.
Typically 10-20 lymph nodes are removed to help determine whether cancer cells have spread to the lymph nodes. This surgery may be recommended for patients who have significant involvement of the lymph nodes with cancer or advanced presentations of cancer such as inflammatory breast cancer.
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