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is it a good sign?

renee l
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Joined: Nov 2012

Hi, I am new to all of this. I found a lump in my groin area about 2 months ago and finally went to the dr who refered me to a surgeon. They are going to take out my affected lymph nodes and test them for lymphoma, but he said they had little vascular flow. Does anyone know if that is a good sign or does it matter?

po18guy
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Joined: Nov 2011

All that matters is an examination of a lymph node once it is taken out. Do not have a "needle biopsy", as those are not reliable. A lymph node needs to be surgically removed and examined by a pathology laboratory. Lymphoma is a blood-borne cancer, so its cells are in your blood supply. Lymphomas do not form "solid tumors" like other cancers, and so are easier to treat. Blood flow is not an issue, since the cancer is already in your blood. Clear enough?

renee l
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Joined: Nov 2012

Thank u for the info, good to know. Do u know about how long I may be out of work after the surgery to remove my nodes in the groin. Or anything else I should know about the procedure?

po18guy
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It all depends on its location, it proximity to arteries or nerve bundles, and its depth from the surface of the skin. Each of these can either ease or complicate the surgery, but the surgeon usually looks for a node close to the surface. You can walk in and out. Back to work in a couple of days, possibly. It's not a major deal. The incision may be less than an inch long.

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allmost60
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Hi renee,
I had a groin lump removed(June 2010) and the procedure was no big deal. By that I mean it was not a painful experience and the healing time is very quick. I went in at 9:00 in the morning and was back home before noon. I was completely sedated and didn't feel a thing. Afterwards I was sore for the first couple of days and only have a 2 inch scar. I am retired, so I guess it would depend on what type of work you do as to "when" you can go back to work. If you sit at a desk and don't do any kind of lifting, I would say 2 days after extraction would be time enough off from work, but ask your doctor what he/she feels is best for you. If memory serves me right I waited at least 10 days to 2 weeks for the results, as they had to send it to Seattle for pathology. My doctor gave me a copy of the pathology report, so you might want to get a copy for your records also. I get copies of everything, labs, scans etc. Try not to worry too much until the pathology report is back...worry creates stress which in turn is hard on our immune system. Easier said than done I know, but less stress is best, trust me! I'll be keeping positive thoughts for you and hopefully this won't be Lymphoma. If it is, then please know, it is very treatable and we will be here for you. Take care, and best wishes...Love...Sue
(Follicular NHL-stage3-grade2-typeA-Dx June 2010-age 62)

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onlytoday
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Joined: Jun 2010

Hi,

I agree with Po- don't go with a needle biopsy or even a core biopsy if they talk about it. I had both and eventually needed to have the node removed to confirm a correct diagnosis. So don't put yourself through more than you have to and have it removed completely. They should also have the slides looked at by another lab to confirm what they do or do not find.

Best of luck. Praying for you that it is NOT lymphoma!

Donna

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