• Enlarged lymph node

    Asked by Steph921 on Tuesday, February 19, 2013

    Enlarged lymph node

    Hi, I had chemo from August-October 2012, bilateral masctomy with lymph node disection on December 17, 2012 and yesterday went to start radiation. They were doing a CT scan to do the mapping and it showed an enlarged lymph node in my chest. Now they want to do a PET scan and I'm worried. My onc said not to get upset, it could just be enlarged due to the surgery but it's hard not to worry. Has anyone had this happen? What was the outcome? He said it won't change anything we're doing. (I'm HER 2 positive so getting herceptin every three weeks for a year) but the dose of radiation may change based on the outcome. Any thoughts?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Yes, almost exactly as was your case. I reported for my first rad treatment (a few days after the mapping) and had a lump in the axial area of the side to be irradiated. My radiation was cancelled and I went to see my surgeon. She need aspirated the lump for a biopsy and it turned out to be a seroma which is a pocket of serous fluid that is pretty common after surgery. She drained it and it filled back up a few days later. I was referred to a physical therapist for lymphatic massage and with regular massage on the seroma to disburse the fluid, the lump got smaller and smaller. If I really poke around for it, I can still find it, but it isn't a problem and doesn't cause me any discomfort.

      I also recently had a 3 month follow up exam with my medical oncologist. She told me that I had a slightly enlarged lymph node in my groin area. She said lymph nodes can temporarily enlarge for all kinds of reasons and that she would just check it next time (in 3 months) to see if it was still enlarged.

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Hi Steph, mine was Hodgkins disease 24 years ago the first time. I spent 18 years clean and worry free until one day felt a lymph node in my under arm. I worried about it for awhile, then went to a doctor. They done a ct scan blood work, xrays, everything but a biopsy. It was nothing. Just about 3K worth of Dr.s bills and procedure costs.

      I hope your's is nothing. Nancy has given a very good possible reason for it. My doctor said the same about lymph nodes swelling up. Could be as simple as a tooth problem, or infection somewhere.

      Our best to you.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I had a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. No radiation, but I had cehmo. I had a scan that showed an enlarged node but that was all it was, an enlarged node. There was no evidence of disease and I was told it was most likely from surgery, or had been enlarged before.

      over 3 years ago

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