• Lymph node removal options?

    Asked by Mandi75 on Friday, May 25, 2012

    Lymph node removal options?

    Has anyone opted not to have their lymph nodes removed who opted to have radiation? My cancer was originally in various lymph node areas, but doing the chemo first has shrunk the tumor up and auxiliary nodes looked healthy on ultrasound April 5th. I am being told lymph node removal and radiation is a high risk for lymphadema. They are saying since I am doing radiation, I have the option about lymph node removal. There are studies out that lymph node removal is not increasing survival rates, but many surgeons are slow to change protocol. My surgeon is open to my choice.

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    • Mandi75's Avatar
      Mandi75

      I so appreciate everyone's posts. My surgeon wants to do the sentinel node biopsy and make the decision based on that. It is just such a new ground leaving lymph nodes in. I have to be radiated around the lymph nodes regardless. I keep leaning towards leaving them in.

      over 9 years ago
    • MarnieC's Avatar
      MarnieC

      Hi Mandi75, I wrote a blog post about the sentinel node biopsy just a few days ago: http://marnieclark.com/the-marvels-of-the-sentinel-node-biopsy/ - perhaps something in it will help you. Sending you lots of healing and love today. xoxox

      over 9 years ago
    • Mandi75's Avatar
      Mandi75

      Thanks MarnieC for the blog link. Good explanation of the sentinel node dissection.

      over 9 years ago

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