I had a lumpectomy and axillary node dissection last week. I was told up until surgery that the cancer was in the very early stages as it was still in cell form and was very small. It was disappointing to find out that it had spread to the lymph nodes. I am now very concerned about this. I'm not sure what it all means yet. At first they thought I would just have to have radiation following the lumpectomy. Now chemo is in order. I do not know what stage the cancer is. Lots of uncertainy about my future. I will meet with the surgeon tomorrow and should have the pathology reports at that time. As I read the posts about breast cancer, most people who post indicate that they did not have node involvement.