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Saw my oncologist on Tuesday, and he determined I had a palpable node on my breast cancer side. Not a real surprise, since I'd had 9/10 positive nodes. He thinks it's bigger than it was, but I'm hoping for the best. 

Anyway, he's sending me for an ultrasound, and told me there was a "high likelihood" they'd biopsy. And now I get to wait, of course, and while I'm waiting, naturally I'm thinking about this. So my question: what do they do for an axillary node biopsy? It's in the middle of my armpit, a good inch above my axillary dissection scar. Do they aspirate with a needle, or is it a removal of the whole node? Or would they want to do another dissection? And finally, tho I'm sure this completely depends on their setup, would they biopsy then, or make a return appointment? It's not til Friday, so a return appoint wouldn't be till the next week...and so more waiting.

Thanks in advance for anything anyone knows! I'm fine, but waiting is not my favorite thing in the world, no matter what I'm waiting for.

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Sorry you are having to deal with the worries and waiting, will be thinking off you Shelagh
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Thanks, Shelagh. Actually, not really worried. God's shown me over and over again that He's got me in His hands and care. Whatever it is I'm facing, I'm not afraid. I might not LIKE it, but I'm not afraid. But I do hate to wait!!
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Hmm. Looked at the description of this topic again...should I have put that in "ask a medical question"? I'm not here because I'm all worried, I'm here because I hoped someone would know what to expect from the biopsy. Ok, I'm a little worried about the biopsy, my breast biopsy still looms in my memory as one of the most painful experiences I have ever had, and I've had a lot of painful experiences. Probably wouldn't be as bad, since that biopsy was that bad because the stupid tumor was right on the main sensation nerve, but still. *shudder*

Also, I already have very mild lymphedema, and I'm concerned that another dissection would make that worse. Actually, I am thinking that if it's cancer, they'll want to rip the whole lymphatic system out from that area, and big Do Not Want, there. Waiting to ask about options on that one, tho, until I know the situation. For now, all I'm wondering about is the actual biopsy procedure, what it is likely to entail. Should I put this into the "ask a medical question" thread?

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Woohoo! Node looked normal, no biopsy recommended! In fact, the area had changed a great deal since earlier in the week, I couldn't even be sure I'd located the right place. I indicated the area it'd been in and told the tech that she might want to look at the whole axilla. When she called in the doctor after a very short scan, I was like, here we go again. That is how it went down the LAST time, and the news was NOT good. I resigned myself and waited.

The doctor came in and took a look, and asked me some questions about what I'd found, how long, what my oncologist said, and so forth, and then surprised and delighted me by saying that the node looked normal! My doctor had almost skipped the ultrasound and gone straight for the surgeon for the biopsy, and he had been VERY unhappy and seemed sure it would need a biopsy. The radiologist theorized that maybe it'd been swollen in response to something, tho there hasn't been even a small cut or cold. No matter what, doesn't matter if I've been healed or it simply was never there: I'm giving the praise to God on this one.

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wooohooo Cyn... so happy for your results ... and that you're no longer waiting ..  and don't need to think about a biopsy and further waiting the results from that ... I'm doing a happy dance right now... 

there are sooo many other reasons that a lymph node could be swollen....

happy... happy... happy!
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Wonderful news!

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Thank you, thank you so much! I am looking forward to hearing your good news, too, Gina. Still praying.
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