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.
When breast cancer spreads to lymph nodes what stage is it? Stage 3 breast cancer means the tumor is larger than at stage 2 and/or has spread to several lymph nodes and/or tissue around the breast or breast bone.
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.
Do you need chemo if breast cancer has spread to lymph nodes? If there are cancer cells in the lymph nodes near the affected breast, doctors may recommend chemotherapy. If the cancer has characteristics that make it more aggressive, such as being hormone receptor-negative or HER2-positive, doctors usually recommend chemotherapy.