Axillary lymph node dissection-ALND

In this procedure, anywhere from about 10 to 40 (though usually less than 20) lymph nodes are removed from the axilla (the area under the arm) and checked for cancer spread. ALND is usually done at the same time as the mastectomy or lumpectomy, but it can be done in a second operation. This was once the most common way to check for breast cancer spread to nearby lymph nodes, and it is still done in some cases. For example, an ALND may be done if a previous biopsy such as a needle biopsy or sentinel lymph node biopsy (see below) has found cancer cells in one or more of the underarm lymph nodes.


Sentinel lymph node biopsy-SLNB

Possible side effects of lymph node surgery


Chronic pain after breast surgery

Surgery Procedure for Male Breast Cancer


Radiation therapy for breast cancer in men

Chemotherapy for breast cancer in men

Hormone therapy for breast cancer in men

Targeted therapy for breast cancer in men

Bone-directed therapy for breast cancer in men



Coping and support for male breast cancer


Related Topics

Benign breast conditions

General breast cancer terms

Types of breast cancer in men








Oncologists, Breast Surgeons are the specialists who deal with the breast cancer