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Can anyone comment on how their sentinal node biopsy was?

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  • Erin Timlin Profile
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    The core needle biopsy was fine. The area is numbed and you hardly feel it. I also had them removed ultimately - sentinel node dissection - and that was the most painful part of my surgery.
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      Hi Erin...I just finished chemo today. On May 30th I have surgery, a lumpectomy and sentinal node dissection. I'm having the surgeries done as an outpatient, do you think that will all right? How long were you in pain from the sent. node dissection?

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      Jayme, I had a lumpectomy and sentinel node dissection in mid december as an outpatient surgery. I was sore, especially under my arm, but most of the area is numb afterwards so it's not too bad. Just be sure to keep up with Tylenol for a few...

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      Jayme, I had a lumpectomy and sentinel node dissection in mid december as an outpatient surgery. I was sore, especially under my arm, but most of the area is numb afterwards so it's not too bad. Just be sure to keep up with Tylenol for a few days. My doc also gave me an antibiotic that I took for 10 days, just to ward off infection. Overall, not a bad surgery, although its a long day at the hospital- radioactive dye has to work its way to the nodes first. Best of luck to you!

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      Thanks Tiffani, the armpit area is so sensitive I picture it being painful. Did your arm get stiff?

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      My arm is still stiff at times, but I also had to go back for an axillary node dissection- one of 3 nodes the first time was positive. I went back and they took 10 more nodes. I have tightness, but I stretch- reach my arm up and out carefully and...

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      My arm is still stiff at times, but I also had to go back for an axillary node dissection- one of 3 nodes the first time was positive. I went back and they took 10 more nodes. I have tightness, but I stretch- reach my arm up and out carefully and it usually feels better. I think tendons were cut during surgery, that's what causes the tightness. My doc also said that I could experience sharp pain randomly. I also have to watch out for lymphedema. So far, the tightness and pain have been minimal and nothing that is debilitating- so I think everyday it gets a little better.

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      That is so good to hear. I very thankful for your answer. I hope everything continues to go well for you. Jayme

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    • Erin Timlin Profile
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      Jayme, Congratulations on finishing your chemo! I finished 2 months ago today -- such a great feeling to be done.

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      Sorry, hit "return" and it sent. Anyway, I had breast conservation surgery on 4/11 which is like a lumpectomy, except that the tumor completely disappeared from the chemo, so I had the tissue removed and the lymph nodes as well. I had two (at...

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      Sorry, hit "return" and it sent. Anyway, I had breast conservation surgery on 4/11 which is like a lumpectomy, except that the tumor completely disappeared from the chemo, so I had the tissue removed and the lymph nodes as well. I had two (at least) nodes test positive but I ended up losing 14 total. Everyone is different in terms of how many nodes she has and where they are (weird) but my doctor took out the sentinel nodes along with the level 1 nodes which she said looked irregular. But all tested 100% free of the initial cancer. That being said, the site of the node removal was more painful than the breast itself, which my doctor warned me about. It wasn't unbearable, but it was definitely much sorer. I did a lot of ice and motrin and vicodin, especially in the first day or two. I also sleet on my back with my arm elevated slightly with a narrow pillow and I was very comfortable like that. It took a while before I could sleep on my sides, which I prefer, but it was fine. I also had a little tightness and couldn't fully extend my arm out, but that's eased up, especially with yoga and regular exercise. Finally, the numbness really annoyed me! My armpit still doesn't feel quite right, like when I put deodorant on, but the doctor also told me that's possible, as they can cut nerves when removing nodes. It's just unavoidable. As I sit here and type I don't feel anything unusual. It's just when I happen to touch the area, which thankfully isn't that often! And yes, I did an outpatient procedure too. I was at the hospital'' at 6:30 am and headed home by 3 pm. Good luck -- it's not bad at all!!!

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      A thousand thanks Erin. You answered all my questions. Yes my surgeon did tell about the numbness and other side effects but it's so much more comforting to hear it from someone who's experienced it. I'm glad you mentioned the pillow. I'll get...

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      A thousand thanks Erin. You answered all my questions. Yes my surgeon did tell about the numbness and other side effects but it's so much more comforting to hear it from someone who's experienced it. I'm glad you mentioned the pillow. I'll get one. I'm also a side sleeper. Thanks again for taking the time to answer my questions. Hugs jayme

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  • Marianne R. Profile
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    Clear!!! Yeah
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  • Marianne R. Profile
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    Clear!!! Yeah
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  • Norma Johnson Profile
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    I'm having mine Monday morning wish me luck.
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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      Good luck Norma!!! I pray yours is clear. But even with lymph node involvement it's possible to win against this beast! I know!!! A year ago I was diagnosed with stage 3C. Invasive cancer. I had 13 positive lymph nodes. Now I'm cancer free!!!!!!...

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      Good luck Norma!!! I pray yours is clear. But even with lymph node involvement it's possible to win against this beast! I know!!! A year ago I was diagnosed with stage 3C. Invasive cancer. I had 13 positive lymph nodes. Now I'm cancer free!!!!!! Your're welcome to read my bio. Hugs and best wishes on Monday!

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    • Norma Johnson Profile
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      Well now I'm scheduled for a pet scan the sentenal node biopsy came back positive. I have not had any kind of treatment yet except a mastectomy and expander placement last Monday.Looks like I wil just have to work harder. :)

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    Mine was clear too, yea!
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