Axillary Lymph Node Dissection - RitaE

Procedure or Surgery Associated with Breast Cancer. Posted on September 10, 2012 View this journey (9 Experiences)

5 days after surgery I received a call from my surgeon who told me that when they sent my lymph nodes to the lab the cancer had metastisized. My interpetation of that is that it spread throughout my entire blood system, so I went into panic mode. I went on line again and did as much research as I could and had a list of 20 questions for the surgeon. He calmly answered all my questions and scheduled the next surgery. The removed all the lymph nodes and installed a drain, which I was dreading. But having it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Just inconvenient. The drain remained in for 4 weeks and then I was allowed to go back to work. I refused chemo therapy, so they ran a genetic test on the tumor called Oncotype DX. This showed my reoccurrance to breast cancer was very unlikely. So then I proceeded to have 5 weeks of radiation.

Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
Minimal Recovery: Disagree
Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree

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