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Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Inflammation of the breast

The lymph nodes in your underarm area are called axillary lymph nodes. They play an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory breast cancer. You have lymph nodes throughout your body. When cancer cells reach the lymph nodes, the cancer can spread to other parts of your body more easily. By looking at some of these lymph nodes under a microscope (biopsy), your doctor can see if your breast cancer has spread to them.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Last Revised April 24, 2013

Last Revised: April 24, 2013

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology

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