Jefferson University Hospitals

Axillary Lymph Node Dissection

Whether you have breast-conserving surgery or a mastectomy, you may also have a procedure to remove some of the lymph nodes from under your armpit to examine if the cancer has spread. Lymph nodes are tiny bean-shaped organs into which various types of materials (bacteria, cancer cells) drain.

An axillary lymph node dissection, performed by breast surgeons of the Jefferson Breast Care Center in Philadelphia, can be done through a small incision in the armpit at the time of a lumpectomy or mastectomy to see if the cancer has spread.

At the Jefferson Breast Care Center, a multidisciplinary team of experts including oncologists, surgeons, pathologists and other breast cancer specialists provide risk assessment, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care for all women. This coordinated team approach can reduce the stress of dealing with a breast health problem or a breast cancer diagnosis. We will tailor treatment and care to your specific needs.