CSN Login
Members Online: 6

sonogram-guided needle biopsy of lymph node

lindaprocopio's picture
lindaprocopio
Posts: 2022
Joined: Oct 2008

I had that lymph node that lit up so brightly on my last CT/PET scan biopsied today and wanted to share the experience in case any of you ever need to have a needle biopsy. Mine was done in the radiology department of the women's center where mammograms are given because of the location of the lymph node under my arm. (This lymph node is typically associated with breast cancer, so my gyne-onc wanted the biopsy done by someone who does them all the time in this area of the body.) I'm happy to report that it was totally painless! I changed into a gown, naked from the waist up. I laid on my back on the table and put my arm over my head and they supported me with various pillows so I'd be comfortable for the procedure, and they cleaned the arm pit really good. Two different people had to use the sonogram 'roller-ball' in my arm pit before they could locate the lymph node they wanted to biopsy. (It measured 1.0 x 1.3 cm on the CT/PET). Once they had the 'longitude/latitude' locked in on the computer, they called in the doctor. The doctor gave me a shot of novocaine or some other local anesthetic and I couldn't really feel much of anything even thogh she went in 4 different times with the needle to get 4 samples and there was blood on the gauze as she worked. But I couldn't feel it and it only took 10 minutes to get the 4 samples. Then they stuck in an ice pack and had me hold it in place with the pressure of my arm to stop the tiny bleeding and to reduce the bruising and prevent swelling, and I had to lay there 20 minutes until the lab called back and said whether they had enough tissue to do the pathology. They did, and I will get the results in 2 days. They gave me 2 "1-use" ice packs and said to ice as soon as I got home and again in 4 hours, and then if it hurts later tonight I'm to ice it with a bag of frozen peas. I just have a little 1/2" black-and-blue mark in my armpit and it doesn't hurt at all.

I'll let you know what the results are after I get them on Thursday.

Kaleena's picture
Kaleena
Posts: 1066
Joined: Nov 2009

You are absolutely right, Linda. I had a needle biopsy of my breast and it is painless. The computer guided thing was really amazing and I feel it was very accurate because they view it from a monitor to make sure they get the right area.

How was your cruise? I love the new picture. Where did you go? Our cruise is July 25th and we are going to the Western Caribbean.

Kathy

norma2's picture
norma2
Posts: 486
Joined: Aug 2009

Linda, I hope the biopsy shows there is nothing to be concerned about.

Love the photo. You look wonderful!! Makes me want to go book a cruise soon...

nempark
Posts: 592
Joined: Apr 2010

Thanks for the info. I am so happy you didn't experience any difficulty or pain. Good for you. Yes, your picture looks great. Everyone talks about a decent weight, but guess what I did not lose any weight because I never had a problem with my appetite. I was hoping that during chemo I would lose some but to no avail (laugh). I pray that your results comes through okay. I know you enjoyed your cruise. God bless you and hubby. June.

jazzy1's picture
jazzy1
Posts: 1387
Joined: Mar 2010

You look simply marvelous! Seems like the cruise was just what the doctor ordered.

Great information for my memory files as never had one, but who knows what future holds. Friend of mine had same procedure and she was a mess with worry before, but after very relieved as it went so smoothly.

Welcome back and tell us more about the cruise....
Jan

kkstef's picture
kkstef
Posts: 706
Joined: May 2008

Sounds like you had a great cruise and like the others said....you look fabulous!

Glad to hear the biopsy went so well.....we are counting on the reports to be good tomorrow. Will await your update!

Karen

lindaprocopio's picture
lindaprocopio
Posts: 2022
Joined: Oct 2008

Kathy, you asked about our cruise. We did a 9-day cruise to the Eastern Caribbean: Bermuda, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, & San Juan. I didn't want to fly in case the mild lymphodema I have in 1 of my ankles would flare up, so we drove to NJ and left from Bayonne. Be careful not to drink the water at your ports of call or any drinks not in cans or bottles since the ice might not be safe if your body is still compromised by your treatments. But the water on board the ship should be perfectly safe, even not bottled. If your immunity or digestion is still weakened, I'd eat in the main dining room instead of grazing at the buffets, although the buffets always looked fresh and were monitored by staff all the time on the cruise I was on. I didn't come home with any digestive problems this time like I did when we went to Greece and Turkey during my 1st remission. In Greece and Turkey I ate from local souvlacki stands and other riskier places and I suffered with colitis for a month after I got back.

Have a FABULOUS time on your cruise! We did! We took a submarine ride in St. Thomas and climbed down into an amazing cave in Bermuda; we took a Skyride incline in St Thomas and rented a Jeep and went to 2 famous beaches in St. Maarten. In San Juan we toured the Bacardi Factory and had 3 complimentary rum drinks before noon (then a nap back at the ship)! And the days on the boat were as much fun as the ports of call, with all of the entertainment and pool and new friends we made. GOOD TIMES!

Cecile Louise's picture
Cecile Louise
Posts: 135
Joined: Dec 2009

It sounds like you had an awfully good time - and you deserve it! Thanks for sharing your trip with us...I'm raring to go on a cruise now, myself!

Cecile

PS. I agree with the others - you look mahvelous, dahling!

CaCowgirl
Posts: 27
Joined: May 2010

Yes, you look great!So glad you had a wonderful time. You deserve it. I'm still trying to rebuild my strength after my surgery,so most days I have a walk around my neighborhood.Hubby goes w/me & we do enjoy the time together.

lindaprocopio's picture
lindaprocopio
Posts: 2022
Joined: Oct 2008

I got the results I expected today: the needle biopsy confirmed the recurrence of my cancer. They were able to aspirate enough tissue with the needle to do assays, so we are waiting still for those before we make any treatment decision. They want to see if the cancer has mutated at all from the chemo and radiation I've already had and are re-doing the ER / PR and this time I will get the very scary HER-2 results.

HER-2 is a very scary prognosis indicator, and it can scream "short-timer," and so is test result an oncologist is reluctant to share. And yet HER-2 also indicates specific targeted chemo drugs and is worth knowing. I guess it comes down to the question we used to ask during psych class: "If you could know the day you were going to die, would you want to know it?" Most people would not. I would. I'm an eyes-wide-open kind of a girl, I guess. I want the information I need to make informed decisions. I know I'm not a statistic (and this crazy underarm matastisis proves that because endometrial cancer metastacizes here only .03% of the time!) But if I've only got a statistical life span of a year or two (or less) I want to know it and live my days full-tilt with that in mind. I may even decide to skip getting chemo if I'm HER2 positive,... maybe. Probably not; I'm a fighter at heart.

My chemo-onc also wants to confer with my gyne-onc and we need the results of the CA-125 I had drawn today before we decide what to do next. Funny how you get used to this type of news. No tears from either me or my husband as this is not really "news", but just a confirmation that eliminates doubts about the prior test results. Of course in my heart I hoped the PET scan was wrong, but it was just a flicker of hope and I am not crushed by the news. Disappointed but resigned.

nempark
Posts: 592
Joined: Apr 2010

Your picture looks great. You are a fighter at heart. Yes it is amazing how we get used to this type of news. But Darling this too shall pass continue fighting. Hugs and be well. May God give you comfort and the wisdom to continue fighting this monster. Take care of hubby also. June

jazzy1's picture
jazzy1
Posts: 1387
Joined: Mar 2010

Linda,

You seem to be taking this with a strong vision! I read into the details and just know any of us can be in your shoes, but YOU are always the optimist. Yet you do the research and ask the zillions of questions, but know you will get thru this.

God has his ways of making us work for our lives, and by Geoge I know you'll continue on as a stout trooper. You have that strong inner strength and as with every part of this cancer journey, you pull thru.....amazing woman!!!

Be strong and know you've got a whole load of support from your friends here...we love you and know we're always there for you.

((((( hugs )))))

Jan

Cecile Louise's picture
Cecile Louise
Posts: 135
Joined: Dec 2009

You are an amazing woman. You always meet every obstacle with grace and courage. You are such an inspiration to me - and I imagine to everyone else who has ever read one of your posts. Keep fighting, my sister...your journey is far from over.

With much love,
Cecile

maggie_wilson's picture
maggie_wilson
Posts: 616
Joined: Nov 2009

linda,

so the node is uspc, not breast cancer after all. i'm feeling sad and i have to say, angry as well. i've heard of the her-2 test, but didn't know it had the implications you noted. i'm thinking of you as you go through the process now of obtaining more results, figuring out with your doctors and family what your next step will be, and making treatment decisions. i'm hoping for the best for you linda, you do have an amazing spirit, which will hold you during these difficult, if not unexpected times. i hope you can take some comfort when needed from those of us out here who are also with you in this.

i have not been one who wants to know all the information all the time; just enough to make reasonable decisions, with the help of doctors, knowledgeable friends, family. what is so true, is none of us is a statistic! in the anti cancer book, author talks about the curve, and being on the tail end of the curve where life continues beyond "statistics". i'm a firm believer in the body/mind connection, and unexplained remissions/recoveries as well, and so it still make sense to me to hope. i've asked those close to me to hold the hope during those times when i cannot, so while you may feel resigned at the moment, we are all holding the hope for you.

sisterhood,
maggie

kkstef's picture
kkstef
Posts: 706
Joined: May 2008

Linda, I am so sorry to hear the results of the biopsy. We were all hoping for a different outcome. You are truly an amazing gal and know you will fight with all of your might! You have a huge cheering section here and we are here for you.

Fight on!

Karen

shortmarge's picture
shortmarge
Posts: 295
Joined: Nov 2008

Linda,

You are a strong and amazing woman. I feel blessed to know you and to have traveled this journey with you. I know you are going to fight hard and know that all the way down here in NC I am holding your hand through your next steps.

Like the Bomshel song says:

Oh, with style and grace
Kick ass and take names

Ten years of climbin' that ladder
Oh, but money and power don't matter
When the doctor said "the cancer spread"
She holds on tight to her husband and babies
And says "this is just another test God gave me.
And I know just how to handle this"

I'll hold my head high
I'll never let this define
The light in my eyes
Love myself, give it Hell
I'll take on this world
If I stand and be strong
NO, I'LL NEVER GIVE UP
I will conquer with love
And I'll fight like
a girl

MIND, BODY AND SOUL!

Hugs,
Marge

Kaleena's picture
Kaleena
Posts: 1066
Joined: Nov 2009

Hi Linda:

Sorry to that you had to hear that kind of news today. However, from all your posts I see that you are a fighter and this is just another "bump" in the road. Well, ok, maybe "pothole"? It almost seems that you get these weird rare things so that you can help all of us on this site.

If anyone desires a Miss Positive award I believe that would be you! Just know we are behind you.

Are they going to remove the node? What if they remove it and it is clear?

Sending [[[[Hugs]]]]

Kathy

P.S. Thank you for the information regarding the cruise.

Always Hopeful
Posts: 234
Joined: May 2010

Hi Linda,

I am sorry to hear your news about the lymph node, but so inspired by your reaction and attitude. Your logical thinking and self-recognition of your needs is amazing. All of it is part of healing...keep it up...but never lose hope!

It does sound like you had a fantastic time on the cruise. I was booked to go to the Western Caribbean (my first cruise) in July but had to cancel because of my treatments. Was supposed to have gone on one this past February but Carnival pulled a bait and switch and I cancelled that too. Maybe I'm best staying away from cruises...3 strikes and your out, even though it's not baseball!

Your new pic is great! Keep looking at it and remember how peaceful and joyous you felt...look forward to your next vacation...and stay hopeful!

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Peace and Hope,

JJ

norma2's picture
norma2
Posts: 486
Joined: Aug 2009

You know how the greeting card sections have cards that say "Thinking of You". When I send a card that has that sentiment it means that I am at a loss for how to express what I am thinking. Just that you are on my mind. Funny how people we touch with our lives become part of our lives. Reading your posts I feel like I know you. Although if I met you on the street I probably wouldn't recognize you, nor you me. But, here in this place we know each other. The common ground, cancer, makes us kindred spirits.

Your triumphs become mine.

Your setbacks I feel personally.

I think of you often and pray that you are given the grace to not only endure but, to triumph during this difficult time. Seems like you do have that grace from your posts. Grace, courage, and a wonderful sense of humor. Those things are Linda. Just wanted you to know. Norma

Songflower's picture
Songflower
Posts: 632
Joined: Apr 2009

Oh Linda, you are such a bright star. I have followed you on this blog site and truly you are an extraordinary woman.

I am back on chemo again. This regiman is easier. I am amazed how I am accepting this; but I still cry at times. Someone out there needs to do more research on this cancer and help us.

You look gorgeous on your cruise. We are here for you now. I wish we could all get together once a week. Especially those of us with recurrances. It is a new sisterhood none of us wanted but I have found there are gifts with cancer too. I have had more love expressed with my children and friends. Sometimes it overwhelms me. I never knew I meant that much to others!

We love you!
Diane

lindaprocopio's picture
lindaprocopio
Posts: 2022
Joined: Oct 2008

I appreciate all the kind words and the love I feel from you all. We are a sisterhood; please know how much I care about you all. I'll let you know what treatments they propose and get your thoughts. I plan to take my time deciding what to do next. Thanks again. I can't tell you how touched I am.

TiggersDoBounce's picture
TiggersDoBounce
Posts: 413
Joined: Oct 2009

Sending hugs and thoughts to you......Please keep us posted!

Laurie

MoeKay
Posts: 63
Joined: Feb 2004

I was so hoping that the results would be benign, or at the worst that they would show a second, highly-curable primary cancer. Your case seems to embody the exception to just about every rule! I truly hope and pray that there is a minimally-invasive way to treat that lousy node, such as surgery or targeted radiation. I recall your mentioning the possibility of sending all the slides from your original surgery and this biopsy to Johns Hopkins. Perhaps they might have some useful input at this point.

Please keep us posted.

Hugs,

Maureen/MoeKay

Ro10's picture
Ro10
Posts: 1397
Joined: Jan 2009

I had hoped and prayed you would get better results. I too admire your strength and courage. We all know that you are a fighter. My prayers remain with you. In peace and caring.

kathybd
Posts: 126
Joined: Jul 2009

I am so disappointed you got these results. You are truely an amazing woman. My admiration for your strength facing this disease is enourmous. My prayers will always be there for you and know alot of people on this site are behind you.

Best,
Kathy

daisy366's picture
daisy366
Posts: 1493
Joined: Mar 2009

I join in sending my love and concern to you. I'm sorry for the news you have and I have questions

Can't they take that darn node out like they did for me (mine was malignant endometrial cancer too and they are saying they think they got it all).

Re: the HER-2 testing. I really don't know much about this but I had my tissue tested for this awhile back and my doc said I am NOT a candidate for hormone treatment as result. Didn't think much of it at the time. Does this mean anything regarding the "sort-timer" comment you had?? Just curious. I agree about knowing and I think my docs don't share a heck of alot unless I push and sometimes they just gloss over stuff - I guess they like to stay in the moment and not get too far ahead probably in effort to keep the worry factor down. Heck if I'm one of the short-timers I need to quit working and fast forward on living!!!

All my love and caring to you wrapped in many blessings. Mary Ann

Ladyebc
Posts: 9
Joined: Nov 2003

Linda,
You are a gracious and courageous woman! I haven't been on the sight in quite some time and I was distressed to learn of your recurrence. With this post I send you the most positive thoughts and hopeful prayers for your well being. This month marks my 8 year survivorship anniversary...so miracles do happen. Be strong and fight well!!

Subscribe with RSS
About Cancer Society

The content on this site is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition. Use of this online service is subject to the disclaimer and the terms and conditions.

Copyright 2000-2014 © Cancer Survivors Network