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Topic: 2.1 cm swollen supraclavicular lymph node on left side

Forum: IDC (Invasive Ductal Carcinoma) — Just diagnosed, in treatment, or finished treatment for IDC.

Posted on: May 29, 2012 03:05PM

mrave0 wrote:

About 8 months ago my oncoligist found a 2.0 cm swollen supraclavicular lymph node on left side. He had a needle biopsy done and the results were negitive for cancer, also had a pet scan done which showed nothing. About two months ago he had an ultra sound of lymph node done again, this time 2.1 Cm. He acts very concerned and confused as to why it's still swollen and why the test showed nothing. He's ordered another pet scan, yet to be done. I was wondering has any body else had this and how concerned should I be? I've also been feeling poorly for the last few months.

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May 29, 2012 05:20PM , edited May 29, 2012 05:20PM by HealingDreams

I'm sorry you're not feeling well, mrave0. It sounds like your MO is keeping tabs on the node.

I can't speak personally to this issue and hope others will chime in about it.

Oncotype score: 8; 50 grays of radiation over 25 sessions Dx 4/23/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 06/13/2012 Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Surgery 05/15/2012 Lumpectomy in one or both breasts: Lumpectomy in my left breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Sentinel lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my left side Radiation Therapy 06/18/2012
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May 30, 2012 11:19AM , edited May 30, 2012 11:20AM by Angelfalls

Hello Gwen,

I'm sorry you're worried and feeling poorly. I'm obviously not an expert, but a couple of things occur to me:

Firstly, my understanding is that lymph nodes can enlarge for all sorts of reasons, not just because of cancer, so it could be that you're fighting some low level virus or other illness which is making you feel ill and your lymph node is a result of that. Let's hope so!

Also, I had a CT scan in February which showed 3mm progression since December in an inoperable tumour I have behind the sternum. My onc told me that in terms of reading rads, 3mm is actually considered to be stable, so I'm not sure why your onc is so worried about 1mm.

The good thing is that your team are keeping a close eye on you and this lymph node, so can act quickly if needs be. Fingers crossed that this all has an innocent explanation, though. Take care xx

Dx 3/2003, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIa, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 10/5/2011, Stage IV, mets Dx 9/15/2006, 5cm, Stage IV Hormonal Therapy 01/04/2004 Hormonal Therapy 02/27/2007 Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Hormonal Therapy 10/23/2012 Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane, class: aromatase inhibitor) Hormonal Therapy 01/06/2014 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Targeted Therapy 05/06/2013 Afinitor (chemical name: everolimus) Surgery 03/31/2003 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 ; Reconstruction of my right breast: Latissimus dorsi flap Surgery 01/30/2007 Prophylactic (also called preventive) removal of the ovaries Radiation Therapy 11/14/2003 Radiation Therapy 10/31/2006 Chemotherapy 01/04/2012 Xeloda (chemical name: capecitabine) Chemotherapy 04/29/2003 Ellence (chemical name: epirubicin), Cytoxan (chemical name: cyclophosphamide), Fluorouracil (also called 5-fluorouracil or 5-FU; brand name: Adrucil) , Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel) Chemotherapy 03/19/2012 Taxol (chemical name: paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 01/30/2014 Navelbine (chemical name: vinorelbine)
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May 31, 2012 05:20PM mrave0 wrote:

Thank you

Gwen Ravellette Dx 4/8/2007, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIb, Grade 2, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+, HER2-
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May 31, 2012 05:21PM mrave0 wrote:

Thanks Angelfalls

Gwen Ravellette Dx 4/8/2007, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIb, Grade 2, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+, HER2-
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Jun 30, 2012 09:10AM sweetbean wrote:

Mrave,

Have you been tested for mono?  You can get it more than once in your life (happened to my sister), it can hang on for months in adults because they generally aren't diagnosed until later, and it makes your lymph nodes swell.

Dx 11/18/2010, ILC, 5cm, Grade 2, 2/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+