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Posted on: Oct 23, 2010 05:19PM

lululani wrote:


I'm just wondering . . .  for those of you who had positive lymph nodes, were they palpable?  
 
Most of the ladies I've talked to with positive nodes told me they couldn't feel theirs.  In my case, I felt a mass under my armpit.   It turned out that I was feeling one node 1.5 cent. & another node 2.5 cent. They were very close together and felt like one lump.  I couldn't feel the other 6 nodes.
 
Thanks for your response!
 
Laurel 
 
  
Felt 2 palpable lymph nodes under armpit April/10 "Occult" tumor-primary found after Mx 6/28/10 TNBC/basal-like Tx started 7/23/10 4 DD AC, 12 Taxol (6 more to go + 33 rads) Dx 5/20/2010, IDC, <1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 8/24 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Oct 23, 2010 09:47PM cbm wrote:

Hi, Laurel.  I had one lymph node involved and it was palpable, once it showed up on the mammogram and I knew where to feel for it (way below the armpit in the tail of my left breast)..  My breast tumor, on the other hand, was not palpable nor visible on the mammogram.  I thank God every day for my big honking (2cm) positive lymph node.  I was triple positive, btw.

Warm regards,

Cathy 

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Oct 24, 2010 10:24AM jenn3 wrote:

I had a lot of tenderness in the area, but was on crutches at the time and thought I had injured the area because I had slipped and my under arm hit the crutch pretty hard.  In retrospect, it was the tumors which were 3cm and 4cm - the other two nodes were much smaller.  My breast tumor was very tender and I thought it was a cyst......

Jenn - June 2009 IDC-TN, Stage III, 02/2011 Stage IV mets to the lungs & spine / Laugh until your belly hurts, then laugh some more...........
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Oct 25, 2010 09:26PM lululani wrote:

Hi Cathy and Jenn,

Thanks for your reply.  

Cathy-I see your primary was "invisible" like mine was.  Did they ever find it?

Jenn-did you find your bc via your nodes or your tumor?  

Take care,

Laurel 

Felt 2 palpable lymph nodes under armpit April/10 "Occult" tumor-primary found after Mx 6/28/10 TNBC/basal-like Tx started 7/23/10 4 DD AC, 12 Taxol (6 more to go + 33 rads) Dx 5/20/2010, IDC, <1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 8/24 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Oct 25, 2010 09:43PM cbm wrote:

Yes--it was inside of (within) and concealed by an existing fibroadenoma and was about two thirds the size of the node.  Missed by 8 or 9 annual mammograms, regular clinical exams, and me.

I hope your treatment is going well; warm regards, 

Cathy 

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Oct 26, 2010 09:06PM jenn3 wrote:

Laurel -I did find the tumor in the breast first, but only because I was laid up after surgery and bored.  I didn't react or do anything because I thought it was a cyst.  I waited until my regular mammo which was 2 or 3 months later.

Jenn - June 2009 IDC-TN, Stage III, 02/2011 Stage IV mets to the lungs & spine / Laugh until your belly hurts, then laugh some more...........
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Oct 26, 2010 09:10PM mrsnjband wrote:

My breast specialist could tell they were inflamed, I had no clue. I knew my under arms were sore but I had no idea it was from breast cancer.

Norma June, Bi-lateral MX 2008, Bi-lateral DIEP 2011 Dx 1/10/2008, IBC, <1cm, Stage IIIB, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/25/2008 AC Chemotherapy 3/10/2008 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 5/29/2008 Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 7/10/2008 Mastectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 8/11/2008 Surgery 8/15/2011 Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Surgery 8/15/2011 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap Surgery 12/12/2011 Reconstruction (left)
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Oct 27, 2010 09:44AM lululani wrote:


Thank you mrsnjband.  
 
I've noticed a pattern.  None of our primary tumors were very large.  Wonder if that's typical with nodal involvement.
 
Warmly, 
Laurel 
Felt 2 palpable lymph nodes under armpit April/10 "Occult" tumor-primary found after Mx 6/28/10 TNBC/basal-like Tx started 7/23/10 4 DD AC, 12 Taxol (6 more to go + 33 rads) Dx 5/20/2010, IDC, <1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 8/24 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 5, 2015 12:40PM Batesburg wrote:

Hello,

I was just recently diagnosed with TN at age 56. My breast tumor is also considered small- 1 cm, but I do have one palpable lymph node that was positive for cancer. I have just started chemo. Would LOVE to hear how others are doing with a palpable lymph node at diagnosis.

Janet

Dx 6/19/2015, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IIA, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 5, 2015 02:33PM RebzAmy wrote:

Janet, I had what felt like a huge lump in my armpit, which is what alerted me to a problem - it felt like the size of an egg and I could feel it growing until i started treatment at which point it started shrinking - 8 years now since diagnosis

Diagnosed June 2007, IDC, Grade 3, 4-5cm lump, several lymph nodes involved, HER2+++, 4 months of high strength chemo, mastectomy and lymph node removal, radiotherapy & a year of herceptin and recently had preventative surgery to other breast.
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Jul 13, 2015 06:36PM Batesburg wrote:

Thank you for such a positive reply, Amy!! (assuming that is your first name. I feel mine shrinking already from 2 chemo treatments! I LOVE chemotherapy. :)

Dx 6/19/2015, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IIA, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 17, 2015 09:23PM Peabrain wrote:

Batesburg,

You are a wild woman! That's great you can feel it shrinking!


Dx 4/2015, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Dx 5/2015, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 2/8 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 6/19/2015 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Chemotherapy 7/20/2015 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jul 21, 2015 07:18PM Batesburg wrote:

Peabrain,

How are you today? Been thinking of you with your beginning of chemo!

I loved your post about your chemo experience!

You are one wild and lovely woman!


Dx 6/19/2015, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IIA, ER-/PR-, HER2-