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Forum: Not Diagnosed With a Recurrence or Metastases but Concerned —

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Posted on: Apr 24, 2018 09:57PM

SpThay wrote:

Hello,

I had breast cancer in 2012 and has a left mastectomy.

New development -- I now have 3 suspicious hypoechoic lymph node in the right axilla - 1.2 cm at 9:30 position and another 1.2 hypoechoic thick cortex lymph node at 10 oclock position. There was another node but that did not have a thickening. They were classified as BIRADS Suspcious abnormality(4). These have grown slightly from 2016.

I got a biopsy done - in January 2018 - but it seems that the biopsy done was such that it got the inner core of the lymph node because the result of that biopsy was that it is adipose tissue. I am not sure which of the 3 were biopsied. I think it may have been the one which did not have the thickening because when I went for a followup now (April 2018) the radiologist said that the 2 ones (perhaps with the cortical thickening are juicy and suspicious). he also said that the outer ring was not biopsied. this is sad == I had asked the surgeon doing the biopsy if it was possible that the part with cancer was not extracted during biopsy but he said no - he got the sample needed. and, I am now very concerned because I am having to go through this again 

I have to get an mri and biopsy done again because he said that if it was not cancer the size of the lymph node had decreased , but in my case it has increased from 2016 though it is stable from jan 2018. my first cancer in 2012 was slow growing so it seems this is a good chance of cancer. I am 44 years old. 

any thoughts? 

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Apr 25, 2018 11:09AM wallycat wrote:

Is it possible to discuss this with your breast surgeon and ask that they remove those nodes completely? Good luck.

Dx 4/07 1 month before turning 50; ILC 1.8cm, ER+/PR+, HER2 neg., Stage 1, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes. Onco score 20, Bilateral Mast., tamoxifen 3-1/2 years, arimidex-completed 4/20/2012
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Apr 25, 2018 10:49PM SpThay wrote:

I think that’s a nice idea. Though I hope it isn’t cancer - I’m waiting to get MRI and the biopsy will follow. Since it already feels like cancer, it seems as if treatment has started. Mri the date earliest I’m getting is may 9th, I’ve requested and earlier Mri because after that it’s biopsy and then waiting g for result.


Should I ask the nodes removed fully before biopsy is scheduled? I have my surgeon appointment tmorrow

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Apr 27, 2018 02:17PM KBeee wrote:

I definitely would ask the surgeon if it is wise just to remove them. I suspect they will want the MRI anyway to see if there are any other suspicious areas. Keep us posted.

Karen. Dx 8/5/2013, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 8/25/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 9/19/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/11/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 1/22/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 1/28/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Dx 2/2/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 2/24/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Prophylactic ovary removal Dx 2/25/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 3, 0/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Chemotherapy 3/30/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/24/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 29, 2018 02:07PM - edited Jun 20, 2018 06:27PM by SpThay

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Apr 30, 2018 04:36PM KBeee wrote:

You can call each day to see if they have any cancellations to get you in sooner.

Karen. Dx 8/5/2013, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 8/25/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 9/19/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/11/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 1/22/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 1/28/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Dx 2/2/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 2/24/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Prophylactic ovary removal Dx 2/25/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 3, 0/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Chemotherapy 3/30/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/24/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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May 16, 2018 10:59PM - edited Jun 20, 2018 06:26PM by SpThay

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