I have had a sentinel node biopsy. They removed 7 lymph nodes. The SEs can be lynphedema and/or cording. If they do a sentinel node biopsy your chances of getting lymphedema are reduced. Lymphedema is a swelling of the arm. Cording is just that...it feels like a giant cord is in your arm and it hurts to extend it or do other movements. I have had cording in my arm and an extremely mild case of lymphedema. Both went away with treatment. So no worrries. I am pretty much back to doing everything I used to do. Its been 2 years since my node removal.View Thread
I was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma skin cancer from a skin tag that was removed under my arm pit. I asked for a second lab opinion and it was sent to John Hopkins. The lab results came back that it was malignant melanoma but the evidence was inconclusive if it was metastatic or primary melanoma.
I then had all the standard blood tests, MRI scan of my brain, opthalmologist exam, PET Scan, and CT scan and no evidence of cancer was found.
I just had the surgery to remove the tissue around the original site. I must also say that a sentinel node biopsy could not be performed because I am a breast cancer survivor and a sentinel node biopsy was performed at the same location where the melanoma was found so radiation and scar tissue precludes another biopsy to be performed.
The labwork came back from the surgery and the tissue had no cancer in it. So still no evidence to say conclusively that this is metastatic or primary.
Here is my question....should I treat this with interferon chemo? What are the benefits and has anyone seen a case like mine?
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