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Recommended exercises and massage for after lymph node removal?

Recommended exercises and massage for after lymph node removal?

Risky activities: Lymph nodes monitor the status of the lymph which contains white cells that have eaten bacteria, viruses, etc and digested food too thick to go into the arteries/veins. Are delicate structures that when removed may reduce lymph flow. Further damage can occur if their area is further traumatized with unmonitored exercise and massage. Your surgeon is the best guide to what to do , how soon/often. ...Read more

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How much time is lymph node removal for biopsy?

How much time is lymph node removal for biopsy?

Depends on location: Superficial nodes that are easily palpated etc..Can be biopsied more easily and quickly compare to deeper ones such as deep in chest or axillary area etc...Deep nodes/internal nodes such as those in chest are often just biospied and not removed--they do have important functions so don't remove unless you have to..Consult your doc..Good luck.. ...Read more

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How do I deal with lymphatic drainage due to lymph node removal?

How do I deal with lymphatic drainage due to lymph node removal?

Compression, massage: If you have lymphedema from lymph node removal then your options are to wear a special fitted compression wrap on your arm. Something else that can help is lymphatic massage. ...Read more

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Can you tell me are all lymph node removal surgeries cancerous in nature?

Can you tell me are all lymph node removal surgeries cancerous in nature?

Absolutely not: The large majority of lymph nodes biopsied for diagnosis turn out not to bear cancer. And of the benign ones, the majority bear no specific illness. ...Read more

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Are all lymph node removal surgeries cancerous in nature? Can you share some sources?

Are all lymph node removal surgeries cancerous in nature? Can you share some sources?

No: lymph node removals are performed for two reasons. The first is for enlarged firm lymph nodes where the excision is for diagnostic purposes. The second is for removal of potentially metastatic nodes to stage an existing tumor such as melanoma of skin or a malignant lesion of breast. ...Read more

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How does enlarged lymph node removal for microscopic exam aid in diagnosing certain disease?

How does enlarged lymph node removal for microscopic exam aid in diagnosing certain disease?

It's very helpful: Looking at the lymph node under a microscope can make the diagnosis if it's uncertain. If there is cancer present, then the pathologist can actually see the cancer cells and ascertain where the cancer is coming from and how aggressive it is. There are other causes of enlarged lns that can be identified as well - e.g. Fungi, or granulomatous diseases - these can be seen many times by microscopy. ...Read more

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Seroma size of grapefruit in groin 3 weeks post lymph node removal. What to do, very painful. ?

Seroma size of grapefruit in groin 3 weeks post lymph node removal. What to do, very painful. ?

Painful seroma: if large and painful have it be evaluated by the lymph node removing surgeon with a view to possible ultrasound-guided drainage for symptom relief and to exclude infection ...Read more

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Can a suture dehiscence heal itself? Or does it need to be reclosed? Surgeon said its normal but getting a 2nd opinion. 1wk post lymph node removal.

Can a suture dehiscence heal itself? Or does it need to be reclosed?  Surgeon said its normal but getting a 2nd opinion. 1wk post lymph node removal.

Complete Toolkit: Sutures hold tissue together for faster healing. If after removal, the incision opens, then the body springs into action. Inflammation (red, hot, swelling, pain) occur as a natural process which make things heal. Keep the wound covered and changed dressing every other day or so. Avoid peroxide, alcohol, betadine, hibiclenas and motrin/advil as these slow down healing. Protect it from trauma. ...Read more

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Can a mastectomy with lymph node removal lead to intense itching in the arms?

Can a mastectomy with lymph node removal lead to intense itching in the arms?

Not usually: This is not an usual symptom, but it can be a sign of edema. If your arms are swollen see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can someone who has had a mastectomy with lymph node removal end up with unusual itching in the arms?

Can someone who has had a mastectomy with lymph node removal end up with unusual itching in the arms?

Yes: Possible contact dermatits from our cleaning solutions- betadine or chloraprep . Or we set off hidradenitis(infection) in the sweat glands - but that is usually pain but all tempered by the fact that we may have cut the third intercostal- brachial nerve to get out the lymph nodes but that usually causes numbness or a "weird" tingling feeling - dysesthesias - in the armpit and down the. ...Read more

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I had a mastectomy of my left breast with lymph node removal 12 years ago would it be safe for me to get a tattoo in that arm?

I had a mastectomy of my left breast with lymph node removal 12 years ago would it be safe for me to get a tattoo in that arm?

Lymphedema: If you had surgery to remove the lymph nodes under the arm during a mastectomy which is common i would not recommend a tattoo on that arm as if you get an infection it could cause your arm to develop lymphedema which could be debilitating and chronic . Get a tattoo on another area would be my suggestion if you want to do that. ...Read more

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My father has stage 3 cancer n needs a glossectomy and lymph nodes removal via neck dissection. What are stats for survival. Hes only 63 years old :(?

My father has stage 3 cancer n needs a glossectomy and lymph nodes removal via neck dissection. What are stats for survival. Hes only 63 years old :(?

Here is some info: Your father's doctor can answer this question if you ask. Stage-3 cancers are treatable but are high risk for recurrence. His cancer may take Chemotherapy, radiotherapy in addition to surgery to control. The prognosis depends on the status of neck nodes in terms of spread of Cancer.If the nodes are involved by tumor, then he has a bigger problem than otherwise. But he has a 50/50 chance of Cure. ...Read more

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I found another lump on left side of neck, how likely is cancer still roaming my body after thyroidectomy w/rt lymph node removal and i121 treatment?

 I found another lump on left side of neck, how likely is cancer still roaming my body after thyroidectomy w/rt lymph node removal and i121 treatment?

Lump: A new lump in your neck with your history of lymph nodes and thyroidectomy needs you to go back to your doctor and/or surgeon as quickly as possible. It is not always possible to get a swift appointment to busy doctors but don't be shy! ...Read more

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Please put in perspective: Concerned about tattoo ink draining in lymph nodes (laser removal). Do the nodes trap worse things? (Ie environment)

Please put in perspective: Concerned about tattoo ink draining in lymph nodes (laser removal). Do the nodes trap worse things? (Ie environment)

No Worries: Your lymphatic system is made to basically "take out the garbage". May it be bacteria from an infection or ink from a laser treatment, the lymph system clears these from your body. The treated ink is trapped in the lymph nodes and transported by the lymphatic system to the large veins in your body and then secreted out. This is how your body gets rid of unwanted cells. ...Read more

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When some lymph nodes test positive after removal does it mean there is cancer somewhere in the body or that their is just higher chance 4 recurrence?

When some lymph nodes test positive after removal does it mean there is cancer somewhere in the body or that their is just higher chance 4 recurrence?

POSITIVE FOR CANCER?: The exact test and situation needs to be clear to answer this question. For example with breast cancer the finding of cancer in lymph nodes is generally associated with a higher risk of the disease coming back. However haaving said that we now know that this one finding has little predictive value by itself, so i would consult with your doctor about all the parameters of your disease. ...Read more

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Will the removal of a whole lymph node have a long-term effect on my health/ quality of life?

Will the  removal of a whole lymph node have a long-term effect on my health/ quality  of life?

Usually not: If it is not complete or near complete lymphadenectomy. And even then it is not that common, unless it is followed by radiation therapy to the area. A diagnostic biopsy or removal of an enlarged lymph node will have little to no effect. However, once you develop lymphedema of arm or leg, it is a difficult condition to treat. ...Read more

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Serendipitous discovery of enlarged lymph node in nf1 sufferer by pet - removal/biopsy planned. Should i be worried or is this likely to be benign nf?

Serendipitous discovery of enlarged lymph node in nf1 sufferer by pet - removal/biopsy planned. Should i be worried or is this likely to be benign nf?

Removal is better : Lymph mode needle biopsies are sometimes difficult to interpret thoroughly. If an excision of the node is possible, that may be a better option. That way the pathologist reviewing your case will be able to asses the complete nodal architecture. The only worry to have at this point is getting the best sample possible to correlate with the pet. ...Read more

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My brother was just diagnosed with melanoma, 27. His is 3mm deep. Having removal surgery & lymph node testing. What's his chance to be ok? So upset

My brother was just diagnosed with melanoma, 27. His is 3mm deep. Having removal surgery & lymph node testing. What's his chance to be ok? So upset

Fair: Malignant melanoma is an aggressive tumor, the potential for spread being volume of the lesion. This is measured by length x width followed by thickness. The thicker the lesion >2mm the greater the chance for spread. Ulceration also a poor prognostic finding. A small 3x4 mm lesion wont spread as a 3x4 cm lesion, so size and thickness count. Margins > 2 cm around resection important. ...Read more