How long can you live when cancer spreads to lymph nodes? A patient with widespread metastasis or with metastasis to the lymph nodes has a life expectancy of less than six weeks. A patient with metastasis to the brain has a more variable life expectancy (one to 16 months) depending on the number and location of lesions and the specifics of treatment.
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.
Is cancer terminal if in lymph nodes? When cancer cells break away from a tumor, they can travel to other areas through either the bloodstream or the lymph system. If they travel through the lymph system, the cancer cells may end up in lymph nodes. Most of the escaped cancer cells die or are killed before they can start growing somewhere else.
When cancer spreads to lymph nodes what stage is it? Cancer can also start in the lymph nodes. These are called lymphomas. “In general, cancers that have spread to the lymph nodes are typically stage 2 or 3,” says Juan Santamaria, MD, Nebraska Medicine surgical oncologist. “Many of these cancers are still treatable and even curable at this stage.