• Recurrence during treatment?

    Asked by barbaraanne on Monday, May 6, 2013

    Recurrence during treatment?

    Finished 4 chemo treatments, just started radiation (12th) treatment in. I felt a small lump by my incision area (lymph node) Rad onc, did not think it was anything. I was very glad my surgeon had already scheduled my 6 mon follow up MRI. The MRI showed suspicious area and 1 enlarged lymph node. We scheduled a biopsy & if anything was wrong i told her go ahead and remove it. Thank god we did it, of the 14 lymph nodes removed this time, 1 was cancerous..Did this ever happen to anyone else during treatment. Now they say I may need to do chemo again..Once I finish rad I will probably get a 2nd opinion.. Believe me this Triple Negative is aggressive...

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • CAS1's Avatar

      I have not had this issue because I have LC. But what I know is the Lymph nodes are like sponges for cancer cells. To take adjuvant or second line treatment is an effort to catch any loose cells in the body..Its not a bad thing to do. especially after any kind of surgery..More and more trials in all cancers are showing great success with adjuvant chemo.

      over 3 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      I don't have BC but my first follow-up MRI showed the cancer had metastasized to my lungs. Just makes me wonder if the cancer had been there all through rads and chemo. I couldn't go through any more radiation as I had done the max treatment so chemo was the only way. Fortunately the chemo did it's job and now I'm NED. Being at stage 4 I didn't think this was possible. Just never keep fighting and keep strong in your faith. I believe in miracles and I'm thankful to God for every day I'm alive. :)

      over 3 years ago
    • mcowett's Avatar

      WOW! I am praying for you and a most excellent outcome! I have a rather lump where they removed 10 lymph nodes, and I have completed chemo and rad. All of my drs; onc, rad onc & surgeon say its nothing - a seroma - but it has not gone away (initial surgery was July) I am tripple positive and still on herceptin. Maybe I need a 2nd opinion. . .

      over 3 years ago
    • virginiab's Avatar

      mcowett, if it's a seroma, would it be possible for the docs to drain it? That would certainly alleviate your worries and get you an answer.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar

      I am so sorry you have to go through this again. Hopefully this time they can find it all and get it. Hang in there, you have thus far. You'll make it.

      over 3 years ago
    • barbaraanne's Avatar

      Thanks all for the response.. I'm back in radiation. Onc said they were already treating this area, so I am having the same radiation at this point, but he says they will be changing it up for about 8 sessions towards the end of treatment. Still not sure if I will need chemo, they are conferring w/other docs. Now I seem to have an infection by the incision area..I had a 102.7 fever, luckily I got it down w/o having to go to ER. My surgeon saw me the next day, did a sonogram didn't see much fluid, took a small small amt out, she sent for a culture & did a chest x-ray so waiting to hear if/what it is. So now i'm on strong antibiotics for 14 days (875mg) so far I'm in pain but the temp is coming down 99.2..Wishing I would get a break don't understand this came out of nowhere I was feeling good??Anyone else every get an infection 3 weeks after surgery?

      over 3 years ago

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