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Unread 03-26-2007, 02:53 AM
lymphatic invasion

Hello Everyone- what does lymphatic invasion mean and did any of you ladies have that? I just received some of my pathogy reports from my sugery and it said that. My doctor did mention it and then made the radiation recommendation. Thanks-tina
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Unread 03-26-2007, 04:31 AM
lymphatic invasion

Without knowing your diagnosis, it is hard to tell. Usually though, lymphatic invasion means the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes. DO NOT PANIC WHEN YOU READ THAT. As you can see from my signature line, people recover very nicely when there is lymph node involvement. It does mean that you need to ask the doctor some more questions. How many lymph nodes are infected? How many were examined?

Usually, for endo cancer in particular, if there is lymph node involvement, they will radiate a larger area to include the area where the nodes were taken or noted to have cancer.

Do not be afraid to ask your doctor more questions. He could very simply be "playing it safe." They usually get all the lymph nodes affected with your cancer, and the extra radiation is to ensure if any bad cells have been undetectable and are hanging around, the radiation will zap them.

Hang in there. We'll be here to help you out.
Unread 03-26-2007, 09:55 AM
lymphatic invasion

Hi Tina

I had lymphatic invasion and it didn't involve my lymph nodes (all lymph nodes where negative for cancer). Basically what had happened in my case is that I have cervical cancer and it had spread beyond my cervix and vagina into the surrounding tissues.

Based on this information, I was told that I would have radiation and chemo.

Hope that this has helped you out a little bit.

Take care,

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