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5/21/2017I had a paratracheal lymph node light up on a pet scan plus an area in my chest wall. I had the place in chest wall removed which tested postitive for breast cancer. I started biweekly AC. After the second round of AC my doctor had the paratracheal node bronched (fna). It came back as necrotic tissue and no malignancy found. My doctor feels the pet was a false positive because he says even though I had started chemo, the bronch would have showed something if there was cancer once there. Treatment effect couldn't be determined either. My question is how accurate is an FNA in my case? Should the FNA at least indicated something to prove cancer was there.
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5/22/2017FNA can only get a few cells to look at under the microscope. not as beneficial as a core biopsy of the node or actual removal of the node. request that your case be presented to their weekly breast cancer tumor board for a team discussion with the pathologist, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist.

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