Dec 10, 2009 - 9:38 am
My recurrance so far has been limited to my lymph system (1 enlarged lymph node in my pelvis; a tiny one behind my stomach; and a painful node in my arm pit.) The metastisis to the underarm really seemed to surprise all 3 of my oncologists. Is it unusual for a gynecologic cancer to travel to the underarm nodes? None of my nodes have been biopsied to confirm the cancer; they are relying on the sharp uptake in my CA-125 and how they lit up on my PET-scan. Only the one under the arm can be safely reached for a needle biopsy or surgerical removal, and the reasoning is "we have to do chemo for the others anyway, so why put you through the surgery?" I was just wondering if anyone else here had their cancer travel to their lymph system like mine did, and whether anyone had an involved armpit node. & where do you think the cancer is trying to go from there? Breast? Hopefully the taxol can hold it within the lymph system, or better yet, knock it out altogether!
Would most of you want any known cancer cut out if it was accessible? Before my 1st chemo infusion Monday, my underarm was really hurting so much that I held my arm away from my body most of the time. But the taxol (or maybe the steroids with it???) really knocked back that discomfort almost immediately. But now I am having some watery discharge and minor pelvic swelling, probably associated with that pelvic node, that I'll need to report on when I go Monday for chemo again. Tomorrow I am getting a port put in. Christmas is too BUSY a time for all this doctoring!!
It's impossible to research recurrance things, as I guess everyone's is different. My ocologists have been pretty quiet, like they don't want to pile more information on me than I can handle. Or maybe they just don't know. In God's hands....