← Return to Deciding whether to have diagnostic sentinel lymph node removal

Comment receiving replies

Hello: I was diagnosed with DCIS, left breast in 2018 at age 63. There was too large an area of abnormal cells to safely do a lumpectomy, so at the recommendation of my surgeon, I had a single mastectomy with sentinel node biopsy, followed by a silicon implant six months later. Thankfully, DCIS was confirmed by the post-surgery pathology, and the nodes were clean. I don't regret the decision to have the sentinel node biopsy, during surgery. I gave some thought to a bilateral mastectomy, but I did not do that. So far, so good regarding lymphedema, although I am aware that it remains a risk. I did have genetic testing, since I lost a sister to breast cancer when she was 49. Those results were normal. Otherwise, I'd have definitely opted for bilateral surgery. The loss of my sister probably contributed to my willingness to have the sentinel node biopsy. There is so much to think about when facing all these decisions, and COVID is adding an extra layer of angst to your situations.

Jump to this post

Replies to "Hello: I was diagnosed with DCIS, left breast in 2018 at age 63. There was too..."

I had no problem having the sentinal node biopsy when I had cancer both times. I was not given a choice then, but had no problem then as I knew I had breast cancer at that time. I do have a problem going through that again when (now) presumably I do not have cancer. I would like to hear from someone that did find cancer after having the mastectomy with no sentinal nodes removed or someone that did not. What was the course of action then? Did she then have axillary node biopsy and was that cancer free or not? And then what? Or did she have cancer and felt thankful that she had checked even though she thought she was cancer free. This thing seems to go deeper and deeper. Thank you for your reply.