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Unread 07-23-2004, 01:08 AM
radical lymph node dissection

A few months ago a very nice doc told me that if you don;t get lymphedema right away, you are not going to get it. that is good news.

I had 18 nodes out for stage 1a endo--plus all other equipment was removed.

My research showed that we have about 350 lymph nodes--so the rest of them pick up the slack for the missing ones.

I just posted about my recent learning experience--a year after surgery I really overexerted--so now I am going to try being gentler again on the dear body.

Good luck, Love, Alana
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Unread 07-23-2004, 10:27 PM
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Hi Alana,

Thanks for sharing your research info - it is something I should have done long ago but have not yet. And your number sounds like my missing 39 nodes will be OK. I am 2 yrs out so I am going to assume no lymphadema from this. Thanks so much, wishing you and all, the best. Judy
Unread 07-24-2004, 04:54 AM
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It's interesting that your research said 350 lymph nodes! Here's a link I found saying that there are more than a thousand lymph nodes scattered throughout the body:


That's quite a bit of difference between the totals. I've seen others that said between 600 and 1,000. I did see other articles which stated that the total number of lymph nodes varies from person to person.

Since I always need to have questions to keep my gynecologic oncologist and radiation oncologist on their toes, I'm going to run the question by them at my next appointment just to see what both of them have to say.

Take care,

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Unread 07-24-2004, 08:35 AM
radical lymph node dissection

Thanks for all the info. about the lymphnodes. I've been trying to research about that, but didn't find much. Have no idea how many they took from me, but I'm feeling great.

Unread 07-24-2004, 06:04 PM
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HI Judy----
I also had lymph nodes removed---don't know how many?---But do know that he took them from 3 different spots...I did have a slight problem like Donna and my toe on my left foot was numb for about 2 months, but then it was better all of a sudden---something about the nerve like Donna

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Unread 07-24-2004, 11:05 PM
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There may not be much discrepency about these two estimates of lymph node numbers, as we may not be comparing apples to apples. 1,000+ nodes throughout the body may work out to be about 350+ in the abdomen. Don't know if these are the areas each of these numbers were referring to, but if so, they may not be far off. Even if only 350 in the abdomen, I am hoping that 39 of them will NOT be missed!

Thanks for the info - Judy

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