What are the signs that you have a cancerous lymph node?
- Lump(s) under the skin, such as in the neck, under the arm, or in the groin.
- Fever (may come and go over several weeks) without an infection.
- Drenching night sweats.
- Weight loss without trying.
- Itching skin.
- Feeling tired.
- Loss of appetite.
How serious is breast cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes? Breast cancer that has spread to lymph nodes may be treated more aggressively than if it hadn’t reached these nodes. The 5-year survival rate for breast cancer that hasn’t reached nearby lymph nodes is 99 percent versus 86 percent when it has.
What does breast lymph node pain feel like? In addition to swollen lymph nodes in the armpit, a person may notice them around the collarbone. They usually feel like small, firm, swollen lumps and may be tender to the touch. However, lymph tissue may also change due to breast infections or other completely unrelated illnesses.
Which lymph nodes swell first with breast cancer? The lymphatic system runs throughout the body, like the circulatory (blood) system. It carries fluid and cells. If breast cancer spreads, the lymph nodes in the underarm (the axillary lymph nodes) are the first place it’s likely to go.