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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
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is a knot the size of a golf ball in the groin normal after lymph node removal from that area? I'm two weeks post op, no drain tubes were used.
Not normal.: Please call your surgeon, could be a collection of blood, called hematoma. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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