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Lymph Nodes Female November 16, 2008

Posted by patoconnor in cancer, gynecological cancer, ovarian cancer, tubal cancer, uterine cancer, vaginal cancer.
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The abdominal/pelvic region is rich in lymph nodes and a very complex lymphatic system. This shows the lymph nodes that are likely to be effected by ovarian cancer treaments, biopsies and radiation.














1. Joy Piemonte - November 28, 2008

I have had ovarian cancer for 1 1/2 years now and I had a PET scan on 11/24/08 and my doctor says it shows new disease – 2 lymph nodes in back of the abdomen. I didn’t ask any details over the phone (he called me the night before thanksgiving (11/26/08) and it was alot to absorb. The PET scan also showed the tumor in the right adenexal area is hotter on PET with SUV of 16 was 10 3 months a go and bigger on CT was 3.0 x 2 now 3.8 x 2. Can anyone tell me exactly what this means?

2. patoconnor - November 28, 2008

Hey Joy

When a PET san has an uptake value like that and it shows a growing tumor, that would mean a very strong possibility of renewed malignancy, especially with such an increase in uptake aand tumor size. It also means that more then likely he will be wanting to do a biopsy of the tumor as that would be the only way to be 100% sure that the cancer is back.

If the nodes showed significant uptake that would also mean a strong possibility that it has spread to the lymph system. Again, that would need to be confirmed by a biopsy.

If he suggests biopsy (which I am sure he will) talk to him about the possibility of doing an initial ultra-sound guided small needle biopsy versus just taking the nodes out carte blanche.

Let me know how you do and a big hug your way too!!!!!!!!!!

Pat O’Connor

3. patoconnor - August 20, 2010

My advice is to see your doctor as soon as you can. There is no way of telling what it might be without a physical examination and there are so many reasons as to its cause. It could be caused by an inflammed node (some type of infection), to a small hernia (tear in the abdominal lining. A bulge from a lining tear would be more noticeable when standing.
It would also be painless, if small. Are you experiencing any other symptoms? Pat

4. Kim Mahan - August 9, 2012

My best friend just found out yesterday that she has to have a complete historectomy and she has cancer in her lymph nodes. She had her uterus cleaned because of her periods. The Dr. called her yesterday with the results. Would you have any idea what he will be removing. The surgery is in two weeks or less.

patoconnor - April 13, 2013

Hi Kim – please do let your friend know our hearts and prayers are with her. I am both a cancer survivor (lymphoma) and lymphedema as well. If it is a complete hystorectomy probably her ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes, nodes all that for sure. Depending on the spread of any further malignancy there is the possibility of additional intestinal/abdominal removals. Then the treatment. See if you can convince her to at least be seen by a certified/ trained lymphedema treatment therapist. They can give her an exam and pinpoint possible lymphedema treatments and perhaps further difficulties from node removal. I can also be contacted in my confidential email lymphedemapeople@aol.com. – – Pat O’Connor

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