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Old 02-18-2011, 11:29 PM
 
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If so, could you please tell me about your experience, and be honest! My lumpectomy is scheduled for this Wednesday at 1:30 and my SNB will be done that morning at the hospital. I want to be mentally prepared. Thanks!

Nancy
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Old 02-19-2011, 01:53 AM
 
Location: Branson, Missouri
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I've had a biopsy. Pick yourself up and deal with it. Tell yourself to get through it. It's something you've got to do - do it and get it over with.
You just need to be mentally prepared whether you feel like it or not. It's hard to say but just do it.

I'm thinking this sounds cold but it's gotta be done so face the fact. Every test I've been through, I buck up and try to think good thoughts.
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Old 02-19-2011, 02:02 AM
 
Location: Branson, Missouri
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Think about thousands of others that have been through this and have survived. That's what I did.
The way I got mentally prepared was to think of the survival of others and how much I wanted to survive.
I prayed to God. If you do the same, pray that He be with you and bring you through.
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Old 02-19-2011, 10:29 PM
 
Location: SW Kansas
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They took me in and injected something into my nipple. I can't remember, I think it's done an hour or two before surgery? It's a two step injection procedure, but the second step is done after you are under. It is somewhat painful, but not terribly so. I had bilateral mastectomy so I didn't have an armpit incision (or if I did I never found it?) but you will have one with a lumpectomy. One step injects the radiation stuff, the second step injects the dye. Your surgeon will identify and remove the Sentinel Node along with any other radioactive nodes; they will be sent to pathology while your surgeon removes your lump. If all the nodes are cancerous your surgeon will remove more - probably all. I had 3 of 9 nodes positive for cancer. They try to remove as few nodes as possible yet still get all the cancerous nodes out.
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Old 02-22-2011, 05:29 PM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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I had a skin sparing mastechtomy and they had to do the additional cut under the armpit for the sentinal nodes. Didn't feel anything since I was out at the time. The only irritant afterward (aside from the drains) was issues with shaving under my arm for a while. I have partial numbness under my arm, cannot tell if it was from the mastechtomy, the biposy or both but you get used to it.
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:06 AM
 
Location: NJ
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The newest issue of Cure Magazine has a lot of info on breast cancer. They have a small patient guide that says Progress & promise In Breast cancer 2010. An article called When Less Is best in Breast Surgery- it talks about sentinel node biopsy.

If you have a digital reader program; you can read the magazine.
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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As you know, if your sentinel node is negative, they assume that the cancer has not spread to the lymphnodes. My sentinel node was positive, so i had to have both chemo and radiation. I presume you will have radiation following your lumpectomy?
IF your sentinel node is positive, they may want to go in and remove more lymph nodes. This type of surgery is what causes women the most trouble as far as lymphedema and nerve damage. There are new statistics out which found that this type of surgery is not statistically necessary.
Good luck!
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Old 02-23-2011, 10:16 AM
 
Location: NJ
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As you know, if your sentinel node is negative, they assume that the cancer has not spread to the lymphnodes. My sentinel node was positive, so i had to have both chemo and radiation. I presume you will have radiation following your lumpectomy?
IF your sentinel node is positive, they may want to go in and remove more lymph nodes. This type of surgery is what causes women the most trouble as far as lymphedema and nerve damage. There are new statistics out which found that this type of surgery is not statistically necessary.
Good luck!
That's what the article I linked to is about. I haven't read the whole thing yet
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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That's what the article I linked to is about. I haven't read the whole thing yet
Very good article, Roselvr.
I am so glad that I didn't let them go carve out some more of my lymph nodes because of a wee little speck in my sentinel node. it just felt like overkill to me.

The article is also repeated on the Dr. Susan Love website.

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Old 02-26-2011, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Miami
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I had lumpectomy and axillary node dissection (where they took out 2/3 of my lymph nodes because my sentinel tested some positive ones) on Wednesday and returned to work the following Thursday. It really was not too bad at all. I had a drain for about 2 weeks, but went to work with it (under a big shirt).
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