Patient Comments: Sentinel Node - Patient Experience

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Did you have a sentinel node biopsy? Please describe your experience. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Mrs Fahrenheit , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, 2007. I had the sentinel node biopsy… lots of scar tissue. Tonight the area was very itchy. I lightly scratched it and it felt like it was on fire. So painful. Wonder if anyone else is experiencing that. I am concerned. This is 12 years later. Ugh.

Comment from: Grateful survivor, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

My partial mastectomy and sentinel lymph node biopsy and removal was on Aug 1, 2019. The chemotherapy resolved my tumors and my node was negative. I am very fortunate. A week after the surgery I began to have discomfort and swelling in my arm pit at the surgery site. They tell me this is normal but to keep watch for signs of infection. I still have 6 months of chemotherapy and at least 4 weeks of radiation. I am grateful for all those who went before me who have eased my path! Thank you.

Comment from: Ter Bear, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 20

Biopsy of skin nodule showed melanoma, though the dermatologist said the nodule didn't look like anything serious. Two weeks later a 5 inch wide excision was done on the area on my arm, plus a sentinel lymph nodectomy. Two sentinel nodes under my arm showed in scintigraphy and dye tracer, and were removed. The 5 inch incision was trouble-free, no pain, no issues. The 2 inch incision under my arm was painful from the word go, and after a week became infected and swollen to almost golf ball size.

Comment from: Caroleno, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I still have swelling at the site 10 days after the sentinel node biopsy (SNB). Also at one side of the incision, there is a small, sore lump. I also got a sore throat 7 days after the SNB and segmental mastectomy. I thought the swelling would gradually go away each day but it's not. My surgeon said the site looks okay though (no infection).

Comment from: Millise, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I went in for a 1.4 cm cancer tumor to be removed. They did the nuclear injection to determine the sentinel node. I was told to put special numbing cream on the breast prior to arrival at the hospital, which I did. I did not feel the needle when they injected the die (4 locations around the nipple). After that I went to surgery. They only needed to take the sentinel node, no additional nodes. When I came out of surgery, I had a red band on my arm that was the same side as the breast with the tumor. It said, limb. I was unable to lift my arm away from my body or in any direction that day. I was told they would never take my blood pressure (BP) from my arms again because of the surgery and the possibility that my arm would get some lymph issue and swell huge and never go back down. So now the BP cuff will be put on my ankle forever, never on my arm again; which is weird. I had a double mastectomy. By the time 3 days had passed I could lift my arm about 4 inches away from my body. My left arm moved better, but not a lot. At the end of a week, I could move both arms away from my body. Each week was better. Neither arm swelled up. You may have noticed I have not mentioned pain. I had breast augmentation twice in the past. Pain was minimal for that. It was also minimal with the cancer removal. I only took the pain pills for 3 days, and then only to ensure that the pain wouldn't be uncontrollable. I wasn't sure I needed it at all. They put implants in behind the chest wall muscles that feels like an ace bandage has been strapped around my chest; it's tight feeling. It's been 6 weeks or so now and both arms move fine, and the tightness is not as tight as the beginning. After 4 weeks I have been sleeping on my side, and that's ok. I have been very careful and not forced anything or lifted anything away from my body. I still feel tightness in my chest and armpits when I lift my arms over my head, but each week I have been able to lift them higher without pain or tightness, till I get to the stop point, which moves further each week. The whole thing was not as bad as I thought it might be.

Comment from: Flora, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I had a sentinel node biopsy (SNB) 2 weeks ago, and also a lumpectomy. I have a hard lump near the incision site of the SNB. It is tender and the size of an egg. I hate cancer!

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