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Topic: Pain after Sentinel Node Injection

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Posted on: Apr 27, 2018 10:51PM

wlo002 wrote:

Today I had my sentinel node biopsy and port put in. I'm happy to say that the nuclear injection for the sentinel node wasn't near as bad as stories I had heard...just burned for a few seconds. The surgeon did the dye injections while I was under anesthia thankfully. Since waking up, my breast is throbbing though. I have no pain from the port or node biopsy sites. Is it normal for the breast to hurt for a while after the injections?

Dx 4/11/2018, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 4/27/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Targeted Therapy 5/9/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 5/9/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 5/9/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/13/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy 11/11/2018 External: Chest wall
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Jun 13, 2018 07:33AM GAMomma wrote:

Hhmm.. I am not the one to give any possibilities. Even though I'm post op and recovering ok,I am a walking problem. I think your situation can be very unique. I didn't even know you could have a sentinel without a mastectomy. The burning pain is exactly what the sentinel die feels like. I did not have any burning pain in my breast after,because I didn't have a breast...so.... I see this was sometime ago,so hope you are doing well.

Dx 1/1/2017, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 1/17/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Jun 13, 2018 10:23AM pingpong1953 wrote:

I found the injection to be VERY painful - like being stung by the world's biggest, meanest wasp. However, there was no residual pain. I had a lumpectomy and lymph node biopsy the following day and just had the normal post-surgical pain. Sorry I can't be more help.

Dx 4/12/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/2/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 7/4/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/7/2017 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 2/27/2018 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right

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