Lymphovascular Invasion - LVI reported on Pathology report and SNB

Hi there,
I hope someone may be able to help me. I have recently received a copy of my Path report.

Does anyone know if LVI is actively looked for when doing the histology for the tumour?

I knew that I had LVI and I think it is the reason that I was given chemo but my path report says “small focus identified”.
I am hoping that this means that only a tiny bit was seen in total rather than that is all they saw (by chance) and I might have had lots of it.

Also I had 3 nodes removed (SNB by blue dye) but it has been noted that no blue was seen on the sample. Of the 3 nodes that were removed 2 were matted and 2.5cm in diameter although reported as negative (whoop whoop). Does this mean tha they didn’t take my sentinel nodes… just 3 that they came across? My scar from the SNB is quite high up in my armpit.

Just feeling a bit anxious at the moment as a 2nd “suspicious lump” was also removed that I have only just read on my path report. It was negative for any malignacy but I am concerned that this hasn’t been mentioned to me by anyone… even as good news.

Thanks for any info that you can provide.
Sue x

Hi Sue,

While you are waiting for replies from your fellow forum users I have put for you below the link to BCC’s publication ‘Understanding your pathology report’, which I hope you find useful. Also our helpline staff will be only too happy to help you fully understand your path report, calls are free 0808 800 6000.

Take care,

Jo, Facilitator

Thank you Jo… I’ll take a look at that

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