• For anyone who has had a sentinel lymph node biopsy - what are indicators that cancer has reached your lymph nodes?

    Asked by KRBaum on Monday, October 15, 2012

    For anyone who has had a sentinel lymph node biopsy - what are indicators that cancer has reached your lymph nodes?

    If the lymph nodes are very small, is that a good thing? Or mean they are cancer free? What determines if a doctor (surgeon) goes back in via surgery to remove more lymph nodes?

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    • Dick_K's Avatar
      Dick_K

      I'm afraid you will need to wait for the pathologists to do their thing. Hopefully your only problem will be dealing with the anxiety while you wait.

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      Lymph node size has nothing to do with it. The conclusive indicator is the study of the tissue removed via the biopsy.

      over 4 years ago
    • StrongSteph's Avatar
      StrongSteph

      a lab will determine if the cancer has spread...I think that is the only way to tell.

      over 4 years ago
    • Cricket's Avatar
      Cricket

      The pathologist will be able to tell... It does take a few days. Waiting for results can be the hardest part. I have to try extra hard when ,I am waiting for results ,to keep myself distracted. I try to stay in contact with friends and family and talk about other things in life besides my cancer.

      over 4 years ago

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