Jun 08, 2010 - 3:38 pm
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.