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   Posted 7/23/2005 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello to all, I hope this finds everyone doing well. I have a question, if you have chemo first and then surgery and they remove nodes and they are negative. Were they negative before or did the chemo clean them up? If you don't know if they were or not before surgery how does that put you at less of a risk? I keep reading and I see they are doing more of that now but it does not make sense to me. I was just wondering.
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   Posted 7/23/2005 1:02 PM (GMT -7)   

Great question. I wish I knew. For me, when diagnosed with mamogram and then a "Wedge" type biopsy, tumor was mucin and 1 1/2 cm. My option was lumpectomy or mastectomy. With a family history I opted for mastectomy -- and it was a good thing because it was not mucin and I had 5 positive nodes. I believe that how they treat depends on how you present. I do know that if the tumor is large, they often try to shrink it before surgery. These ladies here on the board will definitely know the answer to your question.


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   Posted 7/23/2005 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I had chemo first then surgery and I asked my onc doc the same question.. His answer was they can't tell forsure. He says but if you did have cancer in the lymphnodes you removed odds are even if it killed it the scar tissue would remain, and that would give some indication that it was present. See my lymphnodes were neg, but he said they never found any scar tissue either... but he says there never is any 100% that they got it all no matter what is always has a chance to come back...if anyone else know any more I am interested in it too.... skeeter1

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   Posted 7/24/2005 5:34 AM (GMT -7)   
IMHO I would think cancer in a lymph node would change the node structure. Even if the chemo kills the cancer, the structure would remain under the microscope. The chemo is being done before surgery to reduce the size of the lump is what I understand. Anyhow, I have no real knowledge, this is just what I understand. Hugs MK

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   Posted 7/24/2005 6:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Good morning,
Thank you all for your input. I was just wondering as I keep reading here everyday questions pop up and it bugs me until I find out. So thank you all for the help.
A great Sunday to you all.
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