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Topic: 10+ years post Stage III - Bad ultrasound and losing my shit

Forum: Stage III Breast Cancer — You are not alone. Meet others who have Stage III breast cancer.

Posted on: Jul 14, 2021 11:54PM - edited Jul 15, 2021 12:06AM by BlueCowgirl

BlueCowgirl wrote:

Just like it says in the subject line.

Hello! Used to be an active member here, and got back to living life cancer free for a decade.

Just had routine mammo and U/S and to my surprise, though mammo was normal, have a mass under my arm on my mastectomy side. Biopsy next week. BI-RADS 4. Anyone want to talk me down, because I'm totally freaking out rn.

Lettuce weight and sea. Dx 2/16/2011, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 3/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 15, 2021 12:01AM AliceBastable wrote:

Did you get a Covid shot on that side? Some people have had swollen nodes for several weeks.

Endometrial cancer 2010, basal cell multiples, breast cancer 2018, kidney cancer 2018. Boring. Hope it stays that way. Dx 5/2018, ILC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/11/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 8/8/2018 Radiation Therapy 10/29/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jul 15, 2021 12:04AM - edited Jul 15, 2021 12:07AM by BlueCowgirl

Covid shot was on the other side. I had really swollen nodes on both sides after 2nd Pfizer vaccine, so my oncologist wanted to wait for 3 months for scans. 2nd vax was on 4/6, so as much as I'd like to think that's what it is, seems doubtful.

Lettuce weight and sea. Dx 2/16/2011, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 3/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 15, 2021 12:11AM Francesca30 wrote:

hi blue cowgirl,

i’m going through a scare too. had my petct scan last week, a bunch of axillary nodes, pelvic, parotid, subcarinal - all nodes mildly lit up. Doctors are saying it could be vaccine related even if my 2nd dose was done 5 weeks prior. I’ll have to go wait 3 months to do a follow up petscan to be sure . Praying yours and mine are vaccine related.

Surgery 3/13/2019 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Dx 3/14/2019, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 13/20 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 4/3/2019 TAC Radiation Therapy 8/13/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 8/13/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/17/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 11/28/2019 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 7/30/2020 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant
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Jul 15, 2021 12:20AM BlueCowgirl wrote:

Francesca, hoping so hard yours is vaccine related too! I had a GIANT swollen and tender lymph node in my groin a few weeks ago that was ultrasounded at Urgent Care that was "abnormal" and just got follow-up ultrasound today that showed it was significantly smaller and normal in appearance. I have no idea if that was from the vaccine, but suspect so, as it really threw my whole body out of whack for a while. Really hoping the same for you!

The doctor who read my ultrasound recommended biopsy followed up by PET. Did you have any biopsies?


Lettuce weight and sea. Dx 2/16/2011, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 3/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 15, 2021 12:51AM - edited Jul 15, 2021 12:56AM by Francesca30

@bluecowgirl , they want me to wait til october to re scan :( no biopsies for now, hence the anxiety and stress

p.s.

i’m glad that node in your groin turned out to be normal.

Surgery 3/13/2019 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Dx 3/14/2019, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 13/20 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 4/3/2019 TAC Radiation Therapy 8/13/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 8/13/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/17/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 11/28/2019 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 7/30/2020 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant
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Jul 15, 2021 01:08AM BlueCowgirl wrote:

Francesca, I'm so sorry you have to wait that long! Ugh.

And thanks, I'm relieved about the groin too.

Here's hoping we both just have post-vax inflammation.

Lettuce weight and sea. Dx 2/16/2011, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 3/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 4, 2021 10:54PM kathleen1966 wrote:

Hello Bluecowgirl. I remember you from the boards years ago. It really does sound like post vaccine inflammation to me. It’s probably just lingering inflammation in your mastectomy side armpit because this area was compromised years ago. I believe this because you had the swollen lymph node side effect in both arm pits and also your groin.

Dx 7/26/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/15 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx 7/26/2010, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/15 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx 7/26/2010, Paget's, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/15 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 8/22/2010 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Targeted Therapy 9/6/2010 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 9/6/2010 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/28/2011 Breast, Lymph nodes

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