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    Posted: Feb 20 2020 at 1:56pm
My mom just had a TNBC diagnosis after a biopsy. She was asked to get an ultrasound of her axillary nodes and after that they suggested she get FNA because the node did not look cancerous but was a bit swollen (they said it could be swollen from the previous biopsy so not to be too worried yet). 

I was trying to find research that showed what 
* % of women who had an ultrasound of their axillary nodes were recommended to get an FNA
* Of those women who were recommended to get an FNA of the axillary node, how many came positive for cancer vs. negative. 

Do you happen to know if such research exists? 
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FNA = Fine needle aspiration

When my PET scan and MRI showed suspicious nodes (internal mammary nodes), I had a fine needle aspiration of those nodes.  It did turn out cancerous.  The FNA procedure doesn't hurt and I was awake during it.

DX IDC TNBC 6/09 age 49, Stage 1,Grade 3, 1.5cm,0/5Nodes,KI-67 48%,BRCA-,6/09bi-mx, recon, T/C X4(9/09)
11/10 Recur IM node, Gem,Carb,Iniparib 12/10,MRI NED 2/11,IMRT Radsx40,CT NED11/13,MRI NED3/15

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