My Lymphoscintigraphy Test...Now THATS a Tongue Twister
My Lymphoscintigraphy Test
Today I had a radioactive material injected into my right breast for a Lymphoscintigraphy test. After being injected, you wait an hour for it to flow through the lymph ducts and hopefully be taken up by the lymph nodes. Then a scanner is used to follow the movement of the radioactive substance to find the sentinel node (the first node to receive lymph from a tumor), which may then be removed and checked for tumor cells.
Cancer surgeons used to take out ALL of your nodes but have since learned that it's not in a patients best interest. However they still regularly take several for the outside possibility that a cancer cell may have travelled beyond the tumor. Even though I’ve shown no cancer in my lymph nodes, my surgeon will take 3 or 4.
TIP: I was instructed to slather my breast with Lidocaine several hours before the test and cover it with Saran Wrap before putting on my bra so that the breast would be locally anesthetized. While an "interesting" practice, it worked and made the injections much less painful.