• Have HER2+3 Pr- Es- locally invasive breast cancer also in lymph nodes. Have finished 3 chemos. Has anyone become more aware of the nodes?

    Asked by euphgirl on Tuesday, December 4, 2012

    Have HER2+3 Pr- Es- locally invasive breast cancer also in lymph nodes. Have finished 3 chemos. Has anyone become more aware of the nodes?

    I never felt anything under my arm, but lately I am aware, not pain, just feeling. Does it mean it is growing or shrinking or what? Just wondering...this is with chemo before surgery...

    3 Answers from the Community

    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      My guess is that your feeling comes from heightened awareness and knowing that your cancer has spread to lymph nodes. Many chemo drugs can also cause general body aches that can affect any part of your body.

      about 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      After my ultrasound during the Dx period, I was sooooo aware of the nodes (it was one of the places that was found on the US and turned out to be cancer during biopsy)....the day before the US, I didn't know they existed....I just kept touching myself all week-end before the biopsy....

      about 4 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar
      JennyMiller

      To be honest with you, before I was diagnosed -- during shower, I thought there was some kind of swelling under my arm but, of course, I passed it off. When I had next mammo, nothing showed on it but the Doctor thought my lymph node was a little "generous" so she biopsied it -- sure enough, it was cancer. My tumor (4.9) never showed on mammo or ultrasound (fibrocystic/dense breast tissue) -- so the lymph node was the "red flag" for me. Now, I am not only aware of nodes but probably somewhat paranoid. Your awareness is surely a result of your new found knowledge. Cancer has a way of making us pay more attention to our body. I wish you the best.

      about 4 years ago

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