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Unread 07-12-2007, 11:27 PM
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I went to have the dressing & bandages changed today for the first time at the CLSC clinic that the hospital arranged for me & was happy to hear that the wound wasn't leaking anymore & that I have to go every two days instead of daily. The nurse told me it's best not to open & disturb the incision too often if it looks okay, since that could risk getting it infected. I was very confused with the terminology I saw in my file which read "partial mastectomy" & something disection.............I can't recall the exact phrase but presume it's the lymph node sampling. I told the nurse that I thought I only had a lumpectomy.........so why was partial mastectomy in my file? She said that is the medical terminology used whenever a part is removed from a breast however small.....is this correct?
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Unread 07-12-2007, 11:37 PM
Confused about medical terminology

Yes, it is... the first time I saw that, I was on the gurney being prepped for my second lumpectomy. They brought in the consent form and there it said 'partial mastectomy'. Well, I had agonized over my decision of what to do, and finally decided to stick with a lumpectomy, so I pitched a fit right then and there. They had to go get my surgeon, who luckily is a real sweetie, and he assured me that we were both on the same page, and that it was just the language they use on medical forms and for insurance coding purposes. Still, I let him know that it was very hard to see on paper when I knew I wasn't having a 'real' mastectomy, and that it might have been nice if he'd warned me ahead of time that I'd be asked to sign a form with that language on it.

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-Linda
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Unread 07-12-2007, 11:58 PM
Confused about medical terminology

H Surferbabe & thanks for clarifying that for me. I had no idea they use that terminology & it was upsetting to see it in my file. I can imagine your shocked reaction while on the gurney! Did you read my other post about my latest ordeal with one of my incisions bursting open.....all my fault as I explain in the other post & I was so upset but now I'm glad it's looking better & that I have to go every second day instead of daily to have it checked & changed. The nurse said that I may not need any more appointments after Monday but I'm skeptical. Still no news from my final pathology report.....one week today since my surgery & 3 more weeks until my appointment to see my doctor.........August 7th, how can they just leave me in limbo like that? I'm going to call tomorrow & although I know I most probably won't get to speak to my doctor, I can ask his secretary if any results are in yet. Take care & thanks again.
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Unread 08-10-2007, 10:25 PM
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I went to have the dressing & bandages changed today for the first time at the CLSC clinic that the hospital arranged for me & was happy to hear that the wound wasn't leaking anymore & that I have to go every two days instead of daily. The nurse told me it's best not to open & disturb the incision too often if it looks okay, since that could risk getting it infected. I was very confused with the terminology I saw in my file which read "partial mastectomy" & something disection.............I can't recall the exact phrase but presume it's the lymph node sampling. I told the nurse that I thought I only had a lumpectomy.........so why was partial mastectomy in my file? She said that is the medical terminology used whenever a part is removed from a breast however small.....is this correct?
It sounds like you had a partial mastectomy (lumpectomy) with axillary node dissection. This means that they did a sentinel node biopsy and while you were under anesthesia, they sent a frozen section of tissue to the lab. The tissue showed that at least one of your lymph nodes was malignant, so they removed the 1st and 2nd tiers of axillary nodes. Axillary simply means "under arm." They never remove the 3rd tier of nodes for lymphadema purposes.

I hope this helps!!!
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Unread 08-13-2007, 12:56 PM
Confused about medical terminology

Thanks but I think you haven't been reading my updated posts...this one is older. There was no malignant lymph node & they only removed one. Thanks anyways.
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Unread 08-13-2007, 09:20 PM
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Thanks but I think you haven't been reading my updated posts...this one is older. There was no malignant lymph node & they only removed one. Thanks anyways.
I read what's new on the thread. Sorry for repeating information to you.
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