The lymph nodes in your underarm area are called
axillary lymph nodes. They play an important role in the diagnosis and
treatment of inflammatory breast cancer. You have lymph nodes throughout your body. When
cancer cells reach the lymph nodes, the cancer can spread to other parts of
your body more easily. By looking at some of these lymph nodes under a
microscope (biopsy), your doctor can see if your breast cancer has spread to
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