Q. I felt a lump under my arm, in the area of my armpit, not in my breast. So that means I don’t have to worry about breast cancer, right? A. Wrong. Your breasts don’t begin and end right there front and center on your chest; breast tissue can actually stretch up under the arm. In addition, there are a number of lymph nodes in your armpits that, when swollen, are a sign your body is fighting an infection… or cancer. Previous Breast Cancer Symptom: Dimpled Skin Next Breast Cancer Symptom: Swelling and Hot Sensation
Biopsy - lymph nodes; Open lymph node biopsy; Fine needle aspiration biopsy; Sentinel lymph node biopsy
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Clinical practice guideline for melanoma: NCCN Medical Practice Guidelines and Oncology; V.2.2010. Available online.
When you hear the words “You have cancer,” your life changes – instantly. All of a sudden, you’ve crossed a line: the “cancer divide.” You’ve joined the hundreds of thousands of Americans who are battling this wretched disease. Some of us live; some of us die. And all of us are marked by the experience for life. Cancer comes with a centuries-old, ugly reputation. For hundreds of years, the chief weapon against solid-tumor cancers has been the knife.
Isolate the tumor; cut it out. Find out where it’s spread; do some more cutting. Surgically obliterate all traces of cancer, and only then move on to adjuvant therapy: chemo, radiation, drugs. Surgery as the first bastion of defense for a particular group of cancer patients took a huge hit this week, however, when the Journal of the American Medical Association reported results of a study involving breast cancer survivors. It appears that surgically removing all traces of cancer might not ...
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