Thursday, February 23, 2012

We are ready!

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 Today was Nuclear Medicine day at the General Hospital.  All went was uneventful but a long day just the same! We came home with pictures/location of the sentinel nodes to take with us to the hospital tomorrow.  It is truly amazing how much things have advanced with surgery and procedures - for which I am thankful!!

A sentinel lymph node is defined as the first lymph node to which cancer cells are most likely to spread from a primary tumor. Sometimes, there can be more than one sentinel lymph node. Source: National Cancer Institute  The picture today showed there are two nodes to be taken out at a minimum.

The procedure was better than I thought...the thought of four needles of radioactive dye injected under the aereola at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock positions was really nothing more than a 1-2 sec pinch.  The doctor was fantastic! So was his assistant.

We hope and pray the sentinel node is negative!  This would mean the cancer is contained to the breast only.

Tonight Bob and the kids received their "how to blog" lesson!  I hope they keep you up to date on the events.  Thanks for all your support, prayers, and wishes for a successful surgery tomorrow.  Please pray for our family to remain strong too....(and for a good night sleep ;) !

Much love, Shelley

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