I was diagnosed with stage 3, grade 3 breast cancer following a mastectomy in August 2016 and had sentinel lymph node removal. Two were found to be positive. I have just finished chemotherapy and am due to have the rest of my lymph nodes removed (intermediate stage they call it) in two weeks time. Whereas the chemotherapy was a no brainer given my diagnosis, I feel like the surgery could go either way. If they find positive lymph nodes then obviously I'll be glad I had them removed, but if there aren't any positive lymph nodes (which my doctor suspects) then I'm at risk of lpyphodoema for the rest of my life and the operation - as I understand it - will have been pointless. I'm 47 and don't mind about losing my hair etc, but being fit and active is really important to me. So...
1. I would love some advice from women who might have been in this position.
2. can anyone recommend a good doctor where I can get a second opinion on the lymph node removal.