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Facts and Myths about Breast Cancer
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7/22/2017You had mentioned in one of your posts that having a positive lymph nodes doesn't mean that the cancer has traveled elsewhere in the body and that scans are done to determine this. Does that mean that everyone that has any amount of positive positive nodes should have scans done?? I was told only scans to be done if you have symptoms and most likely nothing would show up as it would be too early for any thing to be seen. I was a 2a grade 3 1 node positive. Treatment was mastectomy chemo and fermara. Thank you for your time!
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7/22/2017when just one node is positive the amount of cancer in that node influences the recommendations of doing scans. having only a small amount of cancer in one node usually doesn't result in doing scans. a node that is full with extra capsular extension usually does result in scans. Also, node negative but the patient has physical signs of cancer having spread results in scans.

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