USC Surgery / Treatments / Axillary Node Dissection

The axillary lymph node dissection includes removal of the lymph nodes under the arm. It can accompany a mastectomy or lumpectomy in women with invasive breast cancer.

In the era of sentinel lymph node biopsy, the role for axillary lymph node dissection has decreased. However, there are still indications for when to use axillary node dissection that would be tailored to individual patient characteristics.

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