Hi Cath and Horseslave
Sorry to hear you're having to go through more surgery, wishing you both all the best on this next step of your journey.
Horseslave, ANC stands for Axillary Node Clearance.
Hi I was diagnosed with DCIS in Jan 2013 had to have mastectomy on 12th Feb 2013as tumour was 10 cm. Also had SNB.
Post surgery results were surgery got all the tumour and node clear. I went on waiting list for reconstruction and had DIEP March 2014. During that surgery they found an abnormal lymph node. Two weeks later my appointment with consultant was brought forward and he confirmed there were cancer cells found in the node.
I went back to my original consultant who said it was missed last year as the procedure to locate sentinel node is only 95% accurate and were re-examining the pathology results to find the invasive cancer. Hadd ANC on 29/04
I was due to see consultant on 22/05 but just got call from hospital bringing appt forward to this Thursday at 5.30 pm so tagged onto end of his clinic.
Cant think of any reason for this other than more nodes are involved and they want to get treatment started quicker.
I had a clear CT two weeks ago so know its still local but am very scared yet again and now having to deal with comments of "well you knew there was a chance you'd need chemo" feel like hitting someone....
Hi, I had the same last year - first op found sentinel nodes affected so had to have the rest removed. I honestly didn't find the op or recover much different to my mastectomy, but yes, the drains are a pain!
I had chemo and radiotherapy too, ending just before Christmas.
The good news is that although still achey and can be a bit stiff, the sensation is slowly coming back! My whole breast area and underarm to halfway to elbow were completely numb for several months, but the only area now affected is the actual armpit, and I can certainly live with that
I hope it will be the same for you.
I was diagnosed in January 2012, my initial ultrasound suggested by lymph nodes were clear, I had a WLE and SNB, but, like you, one came back positive for cancer, a tiny micromet so the cancer had just started to travel. I then went back in 6 days later and had the rest removed, they were all clear. I found the second operation much harder and more painful but to be honest most of that was caused by the drain, once that came out I was fine. I suffered loss of sensation in the armpit, the top of my arm and shoulder blade and this has not returned, it used to really bother me, but it doesn't anymore. I know it's a pain having to go back in for further surgery, but it's better than leaving any potentially cancerous ones in there wreaking havoc.
Wishing you the best of luck with your surgery and ongoing treatment.