Topic: Axilla Lymph Node with Mildly Thickened Cortex?

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Posted on: Oct 7, 2021 10:30AM

Posted on: Oct 7, 2021 10:30AM

jlt814 wrote:

I have a large lymph node that's been watched since February. I was given a BIRADS 3 and told to come back in 6 mo. Today was my follow up and while the radiologist doesn't think it's anything malignant, she'd now like to do a biopsy as the node has not gone down in size. She said there hasn't been a change in 6 mo which is a good sign, but the node has a mildly thickened cortex. Fatty hillia is present (I believe- it was in February)

Has anyone had a similar diagnosis with being results? She said I could come back again in 6 mo but she'd rather rule things out for peace of mind. Biopsy scheduled for 10/26.

I should also add that ultrasound and 3D mammo in February were all clear.

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Oct 7, 2021 12:15PM mle42 wrote:

Hi Jlt814,

I also had a lymph node with thickened cortex, the biopsy came back normal, and the lymph node also appeared normal on a FDG-PET scan. The lump in my breast was another story, but my oncologist was confident in classifying me as “axilla node negative” based on the biopsy and PET scan.

Hang in there, you may be just fine.

Emily

Dx 5/17/2021, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/25/2021 Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph node removal (Right): Sentinel Radiation Therapy 11/30/2021 Whole breast, Radiation boost: Right breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 1/1/2022 Arimidex (anastrozole) Targeted Therapy 2/17/2022 Verzenio Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol)
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Oct 7, 2021 03:12PM jlt814 wrote:

Hi Emily,


Thanks so much for your reply and I hope you're doing well after diagnosis. The first radiologist (in April) seemed 99% sure it was benign. Today's radiologist seemed a little more conservative- which I know is a good thing! But she didn't make me feel as confident.

I'm curious how many breast cancers are found in lymph nodes with a clear mammo/ultrasound- I'd hate to think something was missed.

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Oct 7, 2021 10:38PM missmom79 wrote:

Not trying to scare you but I had a mildly thickened cortex and the fatty hillia was present. i had breast cancer. prayers

Dx 8/15/2019, DCIS/IDC, Right, Stage 0, Grade 3
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Oct 8, 2021 06:50AM jlt814 wrote:

@Missmom79, I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis and hope you're doing well! Thanks so much for your reply, and I do def know that anything is possible with lymph nodes. Did they locate cancer in your breast before or after they saw the enlarged node? I think that's what's concerning and confusing to me. All other diagnostic testing has come back clear so if it is breast cancer they haven't found it yet.

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Mar 13, 2022 11:00AM anothernycgirl wrote:

JLT, - how are you? Did you biopsy that thickened node?

I am awaiting an appt for biopsy in similar situation. I hope all is well with you, - and with everyone here!

Dx 1998, DCIS, Stage 0 Surgery 3/18/1998 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left) Dx 6/2000, ILC, Stage IA, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/11/2000 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Right): Sentinel Chemotherapy 8/1/2000 CMF Hormonal Therapy 2/11/2001 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 2/12/2001 Breast Hormonal Therapy 2/12/2006 Femara (letrozole) Dx 2/2014, ILC, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 3/25/2014 Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left); Lymph node removal (Right); Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander; Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander Chemotherapy 5/2/2014 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 11/20/2014 Reconstruction (Left); Reconstruction (Right) Surgery 1/14/2015 Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander Surgery 5/28/2015 Reconstruction (Right): Latissimus dorsi flap, Silicone implant Surgery 2/22/2016 Reconstruction (Left): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (Right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction
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Mar 13, 2022 12:59PM jlt814 wrote:

@anothernycgirl- I did end up having the biopsy and everything thankfully came back benign. I just had my yearly mammo and ultrasound and no wonky nodes were noted which I was glad to see! I go back in April for my 6mo follow-up post-biopsy so I'll be curious to see if the node is still there (and just abnormally normal for me lol)or if it was just taking its sweet time to return to normal size. A couple drs I consulted with were split in how soon I needed the biopsy but ultimately I was glad to have the peace of mind. Hope all goes well with yours too!

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Mar 14, 2022 09:32AM anothernycgirl wrote:

jlt,

Thank you for responding and sharing your good report!! Thank you, too, for your good wishes. I may be having the biopsy this week and I'm trying to remain calm. (not always easy).

STAY WELL!

sending a hug from NYC!

Dx 1998, DCIS, Stage 0 Surgery 3/18/1998 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left) Dx 6/2000, ILC, Stage IA, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/11/2000 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Right): Sentinel Chemotherapy 8/1/2000 CMF Hormonal Therapy 2/11/2001 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 2/12/2001 Breast Hormonal Therapy 2/12/2006 Femara (letrozole) Dx 2/2014, ILC, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 3/25/2014 Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left); Lymph node removal (Right); Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander; Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander Chemotherapy 5/2/2014 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 11/20/2014 Reconstruction (Left); Reconstruction (Right) Surgery 1/14/2015 Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander Surgery 5/28/2015 Reconstruction (Right): Latissimus dorsi flap, Silicone implant Surgery 2/22/2016 Reconstruction (Left): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (Right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction
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Mar 18, 2022 09:11PM - edited Mar 18, 2022 09:13PM by anothernycgirl

Had biopsy on Wednesday and I was called today with BENIGN report! Thank you, jlt for starting this thread and for your words of encouragement! Emily, your post helped, too! Missmom, I hope you are doing well!

Wishing all here GOOD HEALTH and always, BENIGN reports!!


Dx 1998, DCIS, Stage 0 Surgery 3/18/1998 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left) Dx 6/2000, ILC, Stage IA, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/11/2000 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Right): Sentinel Chemotherapy 8/1/2000 CMF Hormonal Therapy 2/11/2001 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 2/12/2001 Breast Hormonal Therapy 2/12/2006 Femara (letrozole) Dx 2/2014, ILC, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 3/25/2014 Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left); Lymph node removal (Right); Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander; Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander Chemotherapy 5/2/2014 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 11/20/2014 Reconstruction (Left); Reconstruction (Right) Surgery 1/14/2015 Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander Surgery 5/28/2015 Reconstruction (Right): Latissimus dorsi flap, Silicone implant Surgery 2/22/2016 Reconstruction (Left): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (Right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction
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Mar 28, 2022 12:44PM ashley8 wrote:

Yes I have known breast cancer and my lymph node biopsy with those charateristics came back benign.

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