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Ultrasound showed enlarged lymph nodes in both breast but no sign of tumors. They have suggested a consultation with a specialist. Can this be breast cancer of some kind?

By Anonymous June 17, 2015 - 2:59pm
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Hi Anon

Thank you for your question!

Lymph nodes become swollen or enlarged when they are fighting an infection. Have you been unwell recently? Is so, that is likely to be the cause as viruses can cause nodes to enlarge.

The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a clear, colorless fluid containing white blood cells that helps rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials.

It is a subset of the circulatory system.

When bacteria are recognized in the lymph fluid, the lymph nodes make more infection-fighting white blood cells, which can cause swelling.

There are two drainage areas that make up the lymphatic system. The right drainage area handles the right arm and chest. The left drainage area clears all of the other areas of the body, including both legs, the lower trunk, the upper left portion of the chest, and the left arm.

I think your specialist will talk to you more about this. Breast cancer is highly unlikely unless there is a tumor hiding somewhere and since you had a scan, that's not probable.

Good luck with your appointment!


June 17, 2015 - 3:53pm
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