About 40% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have cancer in their lymph nodes. Lymph node positive breast cancer means cancer has spread from the breast to the lymph nodes located in the armpit area.
According to our Medical Director Dr. Harness, “Historically, this was really an important factor in determining if patients needed chemotherapy or not.” The size of the cancer, the grade of the cancer, but particularly, if the cancer was involving lymph nodes that meant that you would automatically get chemotherapy.
With advancements in breast cancer research, we are finding that this isn’t exactly true. Find out why not all lymph node positive breast cancer patients need chemotherapy.
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