Breast health: axillary lymph nodes i.e. area of high-risk for breast tumours

By: cocoa75photoblog

Jul 13 2011

Category: ※Pro Illustrations※

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The lymphatic system is an essential part of the immune system, which helps the body fight infections or cancers Lymph nodes are usually present in clusters in the armpits, on either side of the neck, and in the groin trap foreign materials fluid absorbed by the lymphatic system passes through at least one lymph node before it returns to circulation may become enlarged or swollen when they fight an infection may feel tender or inflamed Sometimes become visible as thin red lines known as lymphangitis may also swell from the formation of an abscess (closed pocket filled with pus) in the nodes or if they contain cancer cells Whether the lymph nodes contain cancer cells is an important factor when staging breast cancer, determining treatment, and predicting survival. Though breast cancer has the potential to spread to other regions of the body first, it most commonly spreads first to the axillary (underarm) lymph nodes. This is known as regional spread. From there, the breast cancer can metastasize (spread) systematically to other areas of the body (such as the bone, liver, lung, or brain).


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