Some women notice a rope-like structure that begins under the arm and can extend down toward the elbow. But in some women, it lasts a long time. This is sometimes called axillary web syndrome or lymphatic cording. This may shrink the tumor enough to allow a woman to have breast-conserving surgery BCS.
Lymph Node Surgery for Breast Cancer
In some cases, systemic therapy will be started before surgery and then continued after surgery. These breast cancers are still relatively small and either have not spread to the lymph nodes or have spread to only a tiny area in the sentinel lymph node the first lymph breast cancer with no lymph to which cancer is likely to spread. You will find a page that will help you to understand the possible benefits and limits of adjuvant therapy. Numbness of the skin on the upper, inner arm is a common side effect because the nerve that controls sensation here travels through the lymph node area. Women who have a mastectomy are typically treated with radiation if the cancer is found in the lymph nodes.
But if you will need radiation after surgery, it is better to wait to get reconstruction until after the radiation is complete. Stage II cancers are treated breast cancer with no lymph either breast-conserving surgery BCS; sometimes called lumpectomy or partial mastectomy or mastectomy. If you have inflammatory breast cancer: Radiation therapy in this set of women still lowers the chance of the cancer coming back, but it has not been shown to help them live longer.