axillary clearance

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axillary clearance

A procedure in which the lymph nodes and surrounding fat in the axilla are entirely removed as part of a mastectomy for breast cancer. Current evidence suggests that axillary clearance is no more effective than axillary radiation in preventing recurrences or mortality at 10 years.
Cons Lymphoedema, seroma formation, arm swelling, damage to the intercostobrachial nerve, shoulder stiffness, poorer quality of life, and risk of development of angiosarcoma in the region.
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Subsequently, she underwent left mastectomy and axillary node clearance which failed to show any residual invasive cancer.
In this case, axillary failure occurred in 8% (22/292) of patients undergoing axillary node clearance, compared with 11 % (33/294) in whom radiotherapy alone was delivered to the axilla.