Breast Cancer and Axillary Lymph Nodes

  breadcrumb arrow   Rahul's Noteblog   >   Notes on Anatomy   >   Notes on Shoulder Anatomy   >   Breast Cancer and Axillary Lymph Nodes

What is Axillary Lymph Node Dissection?

Axillary lymph node dissection is part of various cancer operations, especially those involved in removal of the breast. This is a necessary operation because breast cancers frequently involve the axillary lymph nodes.

What does Axillary Lymph Node Dissection involve?

A complete axillary lymph node dissection involves risk and exposure to many important nearby structures. In addition, most of these operations will affect some or all of the following:

• Pectoralis major and minor muscles together with their nerve supply.

• Axillary tail of the breast.

• Axillary thoraco-acromial vessels.

• Affected tributaries of the axillary vein.

• Many smaller branches of the axillary artery.

What is Preserved in Axillary Lymph Node Dissection?

Every effort is made to preserve the following:

• Brachial plexus.

• Axillary vein and artery.

• Thoraco-dorsal nerve (to latissimus dorsi muscle).

• Long thoracic nerve (to serratus anterior muscle).

Chapters on Shoulder Anatomy:

1. Arteries of the Axilla
2. Arteries of the Shoulder Girdle
3. Axillary Artery Aneurysm
4. Axillary Fat and Fascia
5. Axillary Nerve Block
6. Bones and Fractures of the Upper Limb
7. Boundaries of the Axilla
8. Breast Cancer and Axillary Lymph Nodes
9. Erb-Duchenne Palsy
10. Joints of the Shoulder Girdle
11. Klumpke's Paralysis
12. Lymph Nodes of the Axilla
13. Muscles of the Axilla
14. Muscles of the Shoulder Girdle
15. Notes on Shoulder Bursae
16. Roots and Trunks of the Brachial Plexus
17. Winged Scapula in Computer Programmer
18. Transient Axillary Paralysis
19. Variation of Brachial Plexus Structure
20. Veins of the Axilla

Additional Reading:

Histology and Cytology

1. Cell Components
2. Nervous Tissue
3. Muscle Tissue
4. Lymphoid Tissue
5. Integument
6. Respiratory System
7. Gastrointestinal System
8. Renal/Urinary System
9. Male Reproductive System
10. Female Reproductive System

Gross Anatomy

1. Back and Nervous System
2. Thorax
3. Abdomen, Pelvis, and Perineum
4. Upper Limb
5. Lower Limb
6. Head and Neck
7. Chest Wall
8. Shoulder

Anatomy Videos

1. Video of Musculoskeletal Examination in a Clinical Setting
1. Video of HEENT Examination in a Clinical Setting

Related Topics

1. Jugular Venous Distention Workup

Medical Images

Useful Medical Images & Diagrams (link opens in a new window)

Random Pages:

The Existence of Matter My First Computer - Pentium with Windows 95
Video of me playing Titanic Piano Theme: The Portrait Notes on Cell Components
Notes on Osteology of Pectoral Region Notes on Rickettsia
Notes on Energy Metabolism Causes and Complications of Arteriovenous Fistulas
Differentiation of the Face Notes on Digestion
Notes on Basic Gastrointestinal Physiology My Experience during the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait
Review of Delta Roma Imperiale Fountain Pen What is an ELEK`s Test?
Why did I decide to become a doctor? Medical School Admissions Essay Video: Titanic Piano Theme: The Portrait
Corporate Failure: The Enron Case My Experience during the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait
USMLE Blood Lab Values Regulation of Heart Rate by Autonomic Nervous System
Images of Antibodies What is Steady State Concentration?
Notes on Female Reproductive System Differentiation and Anatomy of a Blastocyst
Notes on Cell Components Notes on Nervous Tissue
Voices from Hell: My Experience in Mussoorie, India Video of Cardiology Examination in a Clinical Setting

Please Do Not Reproduce This Page

This page is written by Rahul Gladwin. Please do not duplicate the contents of this page in whole or part, in any form, without prior written permission.