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7

NCCN Guidelines for Patients

®

Breast Cancer - Early-Stage

(STAGES I AND II)

, Version 1.2016

1

Breast cancer basics

Women's breasts

Figure 1.2

Breast lymph vessels

and nodes

Lymph is a clear fluid that gives cells

water and food and helps to fight

germs. It drains from breast tissue

into lymph vessels within the stroma.

It then travels to the breast’s lymph

nodes, most of which are in the

armpit (“axilla”).

Figure 1.1

Inside women’s breasts

Inside of women’s breasts are

millions of lobules that form breast

milk after a baby is born. Breast milk

drains from the lobules into ducts

that carry the milk to the nipple.

Around the lobules and ducts is soft

tissue called stroma.

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