Breast Cancer pp 155-170 | Cite as

Current Status of Axillary Node Dissection

  • Nora Hansen
  • Monica Morrow
Part of the M.D. Anderson Solid Tumor Oncology Series book series (MDA)


Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, and the mainstay of treatment for breast cancer is surgical resection. The type and extent of resection have changed dramatically over the last 40 years, with radical resections, popular during the 1950s and 1960s, being replaced by a more conservative approach as better understanding of the systemic nature of breast cancer has evolved. Regardless of whether a breast-conserving procedure or mastectomy is undertaken, dissection of the axillary nodes is a standard part of surgical therapy.


Breast Cancer Axillary Lymph Node Axillary Lymph Node Dissection Axillary Metastasis Intraductal Carcinoma 
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  • Monica Morrow

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