Is A Node Dissection Necessary?
In most cases an axillary node dissection is a not a treatment that affects overall survival. It is done to aid your diagnosis. Some women may feel that the potential side effects from this surgery may outweigh the benefits. You should discuss your concerns with your health care providers, and may wish to seek a second opinion.
Many surgeons today (in 1995) use lymph node dissection to help them estimate how long you will live, and to choose the best systemic treatment. Positive lymph nodes mean that a stronger systemic treatment may be recommended.