Mastectomy #4 – Blue pee, sentinel node mapping, OSNA and pissed off with insurance company


HELP! I’m turning into an alien … the day after the Sentinel Node Mapping procedure

Sentinel node mapping is a procedure that is carried out pre-surgery, usually on the day of surgery, but sometimes the day before surgery.

Standard practice for breast cancer surgery is to remove all of the lymph nodes under the arm to find out if the cancer has spread beyond the breast.  However, removing all the lymph nodes can result in pain, and discomfort from lymphoedema (swelling of the tissue in the arm because the lymph is no longer able to drain away properly).  The fewer the lymph nodes removed, the less likely the chances of side-effects.

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