Radioactive blue dye injected to the breast for lymph node dissection

Posted by Glori @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.

@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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I ask my radiologist about the lung and heart danger. He said that they position the breast so the radiation goes in from the side instead of on top. And if there were side effects to the heart and lung, we would probably be gone by the time that happened. 🙂

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I’ve been diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer. Need to have a lumpectomy to remove the tumor and some breast tissue. During surgery can someone tell me their experience?. For example: how do you handle the anesthesia and also if you needed a epidural? I’m concern as to why an epidural would be needed?

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@cathymz3

I’ve been diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer. Need to have a lumpectomy to remove the tumor and some breast tissue. During surgery can someone tell me their experience?. For example: how do you handle the anesthesia and also if you needed a epidural? I’m concern as to why an epidural would be needed?

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Cathy, i wrote down some notes after my lumpectomy. Hope this helps you. I requested monitored anaesthetic because i get so nauseous from a general. It was fine. No issues at all. I can’t say enough about my caregivers and treatment. They were just great. Never heard of epidural for a lumpectomy.

https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/96/topics/849145?page=1#post_4826009

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@cathymz3

I’ve been diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer. Need to have a lumpectomy to remove the tumor and some breast tissue. During surgery can someone tell me their experience?. For example: how do you handle the anesthesia and also if you needed a epidural? I’m concern as to why an epidural would be needed?

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Thank you so much for all your information. You taught me some stuff to talk to my doctors about. Thank you again!

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@cathymz3

I’ve been diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer. Need to have a lumpectomy to remove the tumor and some breast tissue. During surgery can someone tell me their experience?. For example: how do you handle the anesthesia and also if you needed a epidural? I’m concern as to why an epidural would be needed?

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Cathy, you will be fine. The Lumpectomy is very easy, no pain, the anesthesia goes very smooth, you can request a pill beforehand to prevent nauseous and the injection for radioactive dye to locate and check lymph nodes does not hurt, it is acceptable if you just relax. You will go to sleep easily and wake when it is over and would feel a thing. I had it 2 times. Any questions you must ask, also, your doctor and understand everything. Just RELAX . runninglakes

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@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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Christinemd – Did you , also, have Chemo before the radiation ? I am 74 and had total Mastectomy and will follow up with Chemo only and then Hormonal treatment for 5 years..
Cancer comes in the later years of a women’s life. runninglakes

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@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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If you have Left breast cancer, then I would check Proton Radiation – which does not hit the heart or lungs. Only certain clinics do this.
runninglakes

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@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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If you have Left breast cancer, then you can check on Proton Radiation which does not hit the heart and lungs. Only some clinic/hospitals provide this.
runninglaes

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I did not have to do chemo.

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@cathymz3

I’ve been diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer. Need to have a lumpectomy to remove the tumor and some breast tissue. During surgery can someone tell me their experience?. For example: how do you handle the anesthesia and also if you needed a epidural? I’m concern as to why an epidural would be needed?

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Thank you for your nice words of wisdom and kindness.

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@elvandi

Cathy, you will be fine. The Lumpectomy is very easy, no pain, the anesthesia goes very smooth, you can request a pill beforehand to prevent nauseous and the injection for radioactive dye to locate and check lymph nodes does not hurt, it is acceptable if you just relax. You will go to sleep easily and wake when it is over and would feel a thing. I had it 2 times. Any questions you must ask, also, your doctor and understand everything. Just RELAX . runninglakes

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I should have had your doctor for the blue dye injection. For me, it was the worst pain I've experienced. Including labor!

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