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Topic: Confused about SN biopsy

Forum: Lymphedema — Risks, tips for prevention, and info about products that can address the symptoms of lymphedema.

Posted on: Nov 17, 2017 03:17PM

mudd wrote:

I had bmx with sentinel node biopsy and the surgeon said 2 nodes were removed, both clean and I was not a risk for lymphedema. I thought any node involvement puts you at risk. I only had the sn biopsy, not dissection. Should I be concerned

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Nov 17, 2017 05:41PM Mucki1991 wrote:

my lymphedema lady said it is but obviously the less you have removed the better. I had 7 nodes removed and I have it on both arms and trunk area. Its not too severe and for that I'm thankful hoping that after I'm done with treatment it will not be as bothersome.

Rebekah Dx 5/5/2017, ILC/IDC/IDC: Papillary, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 7/14/2017 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 8/22/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 2/8/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Radiation Therapy 2/26/2018 3DCRT: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 4/20/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Nov 17, 2017 07:00PM Georgia1 wrote:

I think the risks for you are low. Do ask about when you can start the stretching exercises, which may also help reduce the risk.

Cancer touched my breast so I kicked its ass. Dx 9/3/2017, ILC/IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/9/2017 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Dx 10/10/2017, LCIS, Right, 0/1 nodes Radiation Therapy 11/26/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 1/2/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Nov 17, 2017 11:08PM NotVeryBrave wrote:

I was told that the removal of any lymph nodes puts you at risk. It's obviously much less for a SNB than for a full dissection, though.

I avoid BP checks, blood draws, and IV's on the left arm where the SNB was done. So far it hasn't really been hard to do and I'd rather not risk a problem.


TCHP x 6 with pCR. One year of Herceptin. DTI pre-pec surgery. Quit Tamoxifen after 3 months. Dx 11/21/2016, DCIS/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Targeted Therapy 12/18/2016 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 12/19/2016 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/19/2016 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 5/8/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 9/8/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Nov 18, 2017 12:08PM - edited Nov 18, 2017 12:09PM by hugz4u

Yesu can get le from sentinel biopsy. Anything that disturbs the lymph system can trigger le. That includes surgery or accidents to the body.

Your so smart to ask. Education is knowledge. Most docs and your trusted surgeons know zip about le because they only spend about 15 min learning about it in med sch. What can one learn in 15 min and it's the 2nd largest circulatory system in our body. Sad but true that most doc know less than us.

Keep asking questions and dopoke around these threads.

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Dec 24, 2017 10:14AM houmom wrote:

I had SNB on both sides, my BS mentioned that I had a 5% risk of LE but that was it and now I’m reading about avoiding IVs etc on the affected arm, I had both done! Should I be talking to a specialist about this?

Dx 11/20/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC)

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