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Radioactive blue dye injected to the breast for lymph node dissection

Posted by @elvandi, Apr 25, 2017

Has anyone had this radioactive dye injected tracer before surgery to see if cancer in the lymph nodes. I understand it is very painful and since I was told this would be done for me before I have the lumpectomy removed in my breast. I, want to know more about it. Hope someone can advise me.

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I had the dye injection a few yrs ago. Just before surgery they drew an X mark beween my fingers on the hand they were doing surgery on. They injected the dye after I was under anesthesia, so I didn't feel anything, don't recall any soreness after surgery. Hope yours goes as smoothly as mine did. Good luck and God bless you.

@barbarah

I had the dye injection a few yrs ago. Just before surgery they drew an X mark beween my fingers on the hand they were doing surgery on. They injected the dye after I was under anesthesia, so I didn't feel anything, don't recall any soreness after surgery. Hope yours goes as smoothly as mine did. Good luck and God bless you.

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thanks, hope it goes smoothly.

I had the dye injection through my nipple it was the most pain I’ve ever felt in my life,my doctor did not brief me before the injection,i was very very angry ,when i saw her before sugery i told her i was very mad and i was about to go nigi warrior on her,then i went under,lucky for her! .
When i went back for follow up i brought it to her attention and asked her why she didn’t warn me and she said if i told my patient’s they may not have it.
That was her only responce ,and she’s probably right.
I hate that you have to have it ,please take a nerve medication before .
As soon as it was over i ask for one and they got me one. They were very aplogic.
Good luck it’s necessary, your be fine.

I’m so sorry. I know that was excruciating. I didn’t realize you were having the blue dye injected in the breast, i thought it was the hand. I apologize, i didn’t intend to mislead you.

@barbarah

I’m so sorry. I know that was excruciating. I didn’t realize you were having the blue dye injected in the breast, i thought it was the hand. I apologize, i didn’t intend to mislead you.

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The blue dye was injected thru the IV, it was the 4 injections of the Radioactive Tracer that is injected around the breast area. Was not to painful , I got thru it. Anyway, the surgery was successful with no cancer cells in the Lymph nodes. The breast lump was removed. Things are good for me and I am blessed.

Thanks, also, did you need to have chemo and radiation afterwards ? My lump was 3 cm, so it would get both treatments.

I had 5 injections of the dye before my wire located lumpectomy. The surgeon marked the spots right above the nipple where the radiologist injected the dye. They injected the dye shortly after they had inserted the wires into the tumor, so I was still numb and didn’t feel a thing. I had the best surgeon and caregivers. They took such great care of me.

@jcolby

I had 5 injections of the dye before my wire located lumpectomy. The surgeon marked the spots right above the nipple where the radiologist injected the dye. They injected the dye shortly after they had inserted the wires into the tumor, so I was still numb and didn’t feel a thing. I had the best surgeon and caregivers. They took such great care of me.

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Wondering what cancer center you were treated at ? Can you share that info ? Also, once the lump was removed did you have chemo and radiation necessary ? I recently had the lumpectomy and it was 3mm (about 1″), will need both treatments.

After lumpectomy (20mm, grade 3) I only had radiation. By the way 3mm is about 1/10 of an inch. Did you mean 30mm?

@jcolby

After lumpectomy (20mm, grade 3) I only had radiation. By the way 3mm is about 1/10 of an inch. Did you mean 30mm?

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sorry, I meant 3 CM, which is about 1 1/8″ size. The cancer was touching the margin , so therefore I will need a little more removal (2nd surgery), and that became stage 2A, which will need both chemo and radiation. What was the reason you did not have to have chemo ? Did you have an oral medication to take in place of chemo ?

I was offered chemo, but my oncotype dx was only 27, and factoring in my age (70), i didn’t think the very small risk reduction was worth it. So i declined chemo. And my surgeon and oncologists said that studies showed equal outcomes of lumpectomy with radiation, versus mastectomy and chemo. So i chose lumpectomy and radiation. I was ER/PR +, HER2 -. During surgery, the tumor was sent to pathology, surgeon was immediately notified margins were not clear, so he took more, and then the margins were only .5mm. Small but clear nonetheless. So only one surgery. Fabulous surgeon! Now on anastrozole, but switching to letrozole.

@jcolby

I was offered chemo, but my oncotype dx was only 27, and factoring in my age (70), i didn’t think the very small risk reduction was worth it. So i declined chemo. And my surgeon and oncologists said that studies showed equal outcomes of lumpectomy with radiation, versus mastectomy and chemo. So i chose lumpectomy and radiation. I was ER/PR +, HER2 -. During surgery, the tumor was sent to pathology, surgeon was immediately notified margins were not clear, so he took more, and then the margins were only .5mm. Small but clear nonetheless. So only one surgery. Fabulous surgeon! Now on anastrozole, but switching to letrozole.

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Thank you for the info on your BC. I will need a 2nd surgery as the pathology report stated margins were not clear, the lymph node removed was clear. This now became stage 2A, with ER/PR 100%, HER2 – I will need whole breast radiation and anti-estrogen therapy or chemo. I have been with Moffitt Cancer Ctr in Tampa, Fla., which is highly rated cancer center. However,I do not like the long waiting between surgery or doctor appointments. I am 74 y.o. , and do want to have the radiation necessary, since invasive ductal cancer can spread. But , because it is a left breast cancer, regular radiation can damage the heart an lungs, so I am looking into Proton therapy radiation which targets precise areas only, given in Jacksonville, Fla or Anderson cancer ctr in Texas. Can you mention what cancer hospital you went to and got great results. Good Luck to you, and how long ago did this happen for you ?. Thank you for the info and reply.

I was treated at Mayo. I never had long waits for anything, and pathology reports were posted online within three days. Very, very efficient, and excellent care. My tumor was in my left breast, very deep on chest wall. I also had full breast radiation, but trusted my radiologists that no damage was done to any other organs. You really need to sit down with your oncology nurse to get your questions answered. Be your own advocate, but get your answers from those who know your specific circumstances.

@jcolby

I was treated at Mayo. I never had long waits for anything, and pathology reports were posted online within three days. Very, very efficient, and excellent care. My tumor was in my left breast, very deep on chest wall. I also had full breast radiation, but trusted my radiologists that no damage was done to any other organs. You really need to sit down with your oncology nurse to get your questions answered. Be your own advocate, but get your answers from those who know your specific circumstances.

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Thanks for info. Just wanted to know how others handled their treatments . Hope all goes well for you.

@jcolby

After lumpectomy (20mm, grade 3) I only had radiation. By the way 3mm is about 1/10 of an inch. Did you mean 30mm?

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I was IIA and had a lumpectomy done on July 24, 2017. Nodes were negative. I am doing 20 days of radiation and 5 years of Arimidex. Thankful for a good prognosis. I am 77. Thought that I was immune to breast cancer, but my mom had it when she was 70, so I should have been aware.

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