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I have had a mammogram, sonogram, and an MRI. All are negative, but have an ER and PR positive lymph node in my armpit. Has anyone had this happen to them?

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  • Erin Timlin Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    So if there is nothing in the breast itself, is it technically breast cancer? Or something else?
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      According to the DNA testing it is from the breast.

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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      That is interesting. I suppose it is possible, then! I wonder how it spread there if there's nothing detected in the breast. Keep us posted!

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My doctor is puzzled as well. She was shocked when the nodes came back positive. She even performed tests again to make sure no mistakes were made. The radiologist reread films and all returned a verdict that there was no indication of cancer...

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      My doctor is puzzled as well. She was shocked when the nodes came back positive. She even performed tests again to make sure no mistakes were made. The radiologist reread films and all returned a verdict that there was no indication of cancer other than the lymph nodes

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    • Roz Potenza Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      You may well end up in a medical journal for being different. ;)

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  • julie s Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    Those tests aren't designed to test lymph nodes... A pet scan and lymph node biopsy seem like the next logical tests...
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Lymph node biopsy was done and was postivie for cancer that originated in the breast. It is also ER and PR positive.

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  • Roz Potenza Profile
    anonymous
    Patient
    I'm not sure how they determined you had a reactive lymph node without a surgery. Usually they would go in to your lymph area with a dye to see what's reactive. They surgeon would also feel them and see if any feel unusual or grainy and those would be removed. After they are out they would test them to see what's what. I'm confused how they arrived at the ER+ and PR+ status without surgery or biopsy. Not saying that they are wrong but curious as to what you've been through so far. Did you have a sentinel node biopsy?
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      They did perform a biopsy and determined that the the node was cancerous, the cancer has originated from the breast, and that the cancer is ER & PR positive, but have not been able to find the primary site within the breast.

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The node is palpable and is visible on mammo. It is located in the armpit. This prompted a lymph node biopsy, which is positive for cancer originating from the breast.

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    • Roz Potenza Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Okay. Well, that makes perfect sense then. I would imagine they will want to treat the breast as well if that is where the cancer originated from. With it being ER and PR+ you will probably need radiation at the least. Any treatment plans in...

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      Okay. Well, that makes perfect sense then. I would imagine they will want to treat the breast as well if that is where the cancer originated from. With it being ER and PR+ you will probably need radiation at the least. Any treatment plans in place for you yet?

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Scheduled for bone scan, CAT scan, and echocardiogram. Treatment plan is pending results of those tests.

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    • Roz Potenza Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I was ER+ and ended up having chemo and radiation although my doctor told me a lot of women in my shoes would walk away without further treatment after surgery. I thought... if it traveled from my breast to my nodes then I don't want to take any...

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      I was ER+ and ended up having chemo and radiation although my doctor told me a lot of women in my shoes would walk away without further treatment after surgery. I thought... if it traveled from my breast to my nodes then I don't want to take any chances. Well, worth one crappy summer for a lifetime of good ones IMO. Well, keep in touch. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

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    • Roz Potenza Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I still question whether or not it would be considered breast cancer though... this is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. I'd love to know what the docs think. You should probably get in to see a medical oncologist at some point after the tests are...

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      I still question whether or not it would be considered breast cancer though... this is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. I'd love to know what the docs think. You should probably get in to see a medical oncologist at some point after the tests are done. I'd also request a PetScan if I were in your shoes. It will give you peace of mind knowing that you are clear elsewhere too.

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  • Roxann C Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    I would have a bone scan and ct body scan to check if there is cancer somewhere else in the body. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I had this done just to avoid future surprises. Regardless, with positive lymph nodes you need further testing.
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