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Axillary Ultrasound

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Joined: Sep 2010

Hi All,
I am new, just joined today. I was diagnosed with DCIS about 4 weeks ago. I was hoping someone might be able to give some thoughts on this issue. I have had a biopsy that confirmed stage zero DCIS - thanking God we caught it early. I have had a consult with the genetisist(sp), I had an MRI done this past Tuesday and now, 3 days later, the doctor calls me and wants me to have a left axillary ultrasound. Does anyone have any experience with this? I tried calling my doctor but the office was closed and the answering service really doesn't want to bother the doctor on call unless it is an emergency.
I appreciate any help any of you can give me. I am very positive about it all, especially since my cancer is nothing compared to what some of you are going through. I have a sister that had a mastectomy in Nov. for agressive ductal carcinoma, so again mine is small potatoes compared to others but I am starting to think there might be something worse.
Thank you all,

TraciInLA's picture
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Joined: Jul 2009

Cathy, I'm assuming an axillary ultrasound is an ultrasound of the axillary lymph nodes, but I myself have no experience with that, so I got nuthin' -- I just wanted to welcome you, and say that I'm glad you found us.

The women and men here have such a wealth of experience -- I know someone will be along soon who can shed some light on this.


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Joined: Apr 2010

I can't add much but wanted to welcome you. I know there will be someone soon that will have an answer for you. I had IDC and mine too was caught early so that is good. A positive attitude is also a great thing too, Glad you found us and I am sure you will be too. God Bless
(((Hugs))) Janice

cahjah75's picture
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Joined: Jun 2010

the bc network. I'm sorry you had to find us though. My sister just had a stereostatic MRI biopsy this afternoon. She is a 9 year DCIS survivor. My best guess is the ultrasound will look at images of your axilla lymph node system. Usually ultrasounds are painless. I've had several for different parts of my body. Try not to worry even though the waiting is the hardest part.
{{hugs}} Char

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Joined: Sep 2010

Thank you all for the warm welcome. I hope that if there is anything I can do to help any of you, please count on me.

shy violet
Posts: 167
Joined: Aug 2010

hi cathy, I am new to the board...had the axcillary ultrasound done on my second time with bc...it is painless and I commend your doctor for doing this...that can give them a pic of what is going on in that area...

carkris's picture
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Joined: Aug 2009

perhaps they want to see if anything looks suspicious in your nodes. Just to check. i am not sure how early it has to be before they check the sentinel nodes with surgery.

Marsha Mulvey
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Joined: May 2010

Welcome! I've not had a separate ultra sound for the axillary node, mine was looked at in my original test. But, don't ever feel as though your cancer is "small potatoes". Thank heaven they/you caught it early but it's still cancer. May this and any other tests you have bring nothing but great results! Best wishes, Marsha

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Jean 0609
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Welcome to the board. It is nice to meet you. I'm sure you will get plenty of answers to your questions. This is a great place and a great group of ladies & gentlemen.

jamiegww's picture
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Joined: Dec 2009

I'm glad they caught your cancer so early. I don't want to cause you any unnecessary worry but the radiologist told me that my lymph nodes looked completely normal in my ultrasound but I ended up having 5 of 17 positive for cancer. I was a stage 3A so hopefully with yours being stage zero, you won't have any lymph node involvement. You may eventually need a sentinel node biopsy. It's good that they are investigating every possibility. Hang in there and try not to worry.


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