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Posted on: Oct 23, 2010 03:19PM

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 
 
  
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Oct 23, 2010 07:47PM 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 08:24AM 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 07:26PM 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 07:43PM 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 07:06PM 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 07:10PM 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- Surgery 07/09/2008 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my right side ; Prophylactic (also called preventive) mastectomy of one or both breasts : Prophylactic (also called preventive) mastectomy of my left breast Surgery 08/14/2011 Reconstruction of my right breast: DIEP flap Surgery 12/11/2011 Reconstruction of my left breast Surgery 08/14/2011 Reconstruction of my left breast: DIEP flap Radiation Therapy 08/10/2008 Chemotherapy 01/24/2008 AC: Adriamycin and Cytoxan Chemotherapy 05/28/2008 Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel) Chemotherapy 03/09/2008 Taxol (chemical name: paclitaxel)
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Oct 27, 2010 07:44AM 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-