Multiple biopsies - lymph node swelling

Hi, I have had so many tests, investigations and biopsies etc. I am starting chemotherapy on Monday.
My question is around lymph node swelling following biopsies. I had further biopsies today as part of a research study I’m participating in which they needed to take before I start treatment.
A few weeks ago I was told one lymph node was positive for cancer cells which was confirmed on ultrasound, biopsy and MRI. Today the radiologist said that two lymph nodes were swollen and one was borderline. Of course I panicked - can it really spread that quickly! The radiologist reassured me that as I have had multiple biopsies it’s a normal lymph node reaction and it will settle down - she had no concerns.
I guess if I hadn’t had the biopsies today I would never have known - today was my 5th and 6th biopsy taken which I know is quite a lot. I’m just questioning everything and can’t believe the professionals even though I should.

Hello jayne1210

Thanks for posting.

It sounds as if you have not long been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Lymph nodes can swell for many reasons. As you say you have had several biopsies which can cause bruising and swelling. Its good to see the radiologist is not concerned about this swelling being cancer, but it can be difficult to trust what you are told especially as you may be feeling anxious. It’s also natural to question everything. You can contact your breast care nurse as well to talk this through.

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