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9

NCCN Guidelines for Patients

®

:

Breast Cancer – Locally Advanced (STAGE III)

Version 1.2017

1

Breast cancer basics

Women’s breasts

Figure 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. Nodes

near the armpit are called axillary

lymph nodes.

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Figure 1

Inside of 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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