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how do they know if it has spread to any nodes?

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Learning About Breast Cancer over 6 years
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  • Betti A Profile
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    Survivant depuis 2013
    They can do a sentinel node study where a radioactive dye is injected the day prior to surgery and see if any of them "light up" so to speak. They can also remove some and test them like my surgeon elected to do when she did my mastectomy.
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    • sharon s Profile
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      Étude du cancer du sein

      During surgery if this done they test to check how many to remove. Six of ten were removed. I knew that one was positive going in because of Biopsy during first diagnosis.

      over 6 years Flag
    • Betti A Profile
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      Survivant depuis 2013

      My surgeon didn't even do a sentinel node biopsy as she said they looked OK on the MRI but would look either way-lumpectomy vs mastectomy. Like I mentioned she removed 8 (thinking she got 6) and all 8 were negative.

      over 6 years Flag
  • Jennifer Edgarton Profile
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    Stage 2B Patient
    I recommend the PET scan - my sentinel nodes came back clear. In my case my cancer skipped the first set and went to the second set (small percent this happens) Until I had the PET scan and they found no cancer in other parts of my body but did find it in the nodes (4/16) I never had a feeling that I would get through this and survive. I just felt that there was more that was missing from the diagnosis and treatment plan. Trust your gut. Do what makes you feel better or comfortable together with your doctor. Make a plan together. Hugs and my thoughts are with you as you travel with us.
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
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    Survivant depuis 2007
    Many different ways but in my case, my nodes looked normal, in fact after my mastectomy, the surgeon came into my room and said they did not find cancer in any nodes. Unfortunately, after the complete pathologists report, they found microscopic cells in one node. My surgery was 6 years ago so compared to present changes in the way things are done it could be completely different. This diagnosis changed my class from 2A to 2B. It did not change the way I was treated with chemotherapy. Take care, Sharon
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  • Marianne R. Profile
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    Survivant depuis 2011
    They can tell from a PET scan.
    over 6 years Flag
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymes
      Survivant depuis 2011

      But then they have to do a biposy to confirm because like any scan they can show false positives.

      over 6 years Flag
  • Tamara Davidson Profile
    anonymes
    Stage 4 Patient
    In my situation I could feel they were swollen ,, so I knew
    over 6 years Comment Flag

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