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|7/8/2011||Hi. I had a second lumpectomy on my right breast last week. The first lumpectomy was 2005, and this cancer was early stage 1. I had radiation treatments and took tamoxifen for 41/2 years. After seeing my surgeon yesterday after my second lumpectomy for a new primary cancer (different grade (1) and different location (quad) in the same breast), he told me that I was stage 1. |
However, he also told me that he couldn't find any lymph nodes in my right breast (and even in my left, unaffected, breast)! Presumably this is because any lymph nodes that were present during my first lumpectomy had been removed.
He said that I was the only patient he has ever encountered that doesn't have any lymph nodes in her breasts. My question is, is it possible for a woman not to have any nodes in her breast? And why wouldn't my surgeon check another auxillary node during surgery if the closest one was missing?
Thank you for your thoughts on this matter.
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|7/10/2011||PLEASE seek a second opionion at an NCI designated Comprehensive Breast Center! Best wishes.|
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