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Invasive ductile breast cancer: What should I expect?

Breast Cancer | Last Active: Jun 30 8:52am | Replies (46)

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@sandyrob

I had a lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy yesterday (Friday) so of course there is no one in the office to ask about this. From what the doctor said before surgery, if the first set of lymph nodes showed cancer, he would take out more. "high Neoprobe counts" ?? Means what?

" Findings: 4 sentinel nodes removed, all with high Neoprobe counts. 3 nonsentinel nodes removed based on their proximity to the sentinel lymphnodes."

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Sandy, a Neoprobe (small handheld device) is used to measure the radioactivity from the liquid (blue dye) that was injected during your lymphatic mapping procedure. The high Neoprobe count identifies the sentinel nodes. Sentinel nodes are the first nodes that drain a cancerous area. If the sentinel nodes are non-cancerous, it is unlikely that the cancer has entered the lymphatic system.

Were you able to talk to the nurse navigator today?