Wednesday, August 22, 2012

My Experience with Fine Needle Lymph Node Biopsy

With my history of oral cancer, when my doctor noticed enlarged lymph nodes in my neck and a CT confirmed them, I made an appointment with my doctor at MD Anderson for further testing. I was scheduled for an ultrasound of my lymph nodes and a possible fine needle biopsy of any suspicious nodes. I had never had this procedure and didn't know what to expect. Of course, I searched the internet for information and only found basic, medical information. I wanted something more.

Here is my experience from Monday at MD Anderson. Yes, I semi-live tweeted my needle biopsy. Hopefully it helps someone. Questions, email

The biopsy took maybe 5-10 minutes. The numbing shot hurt more than a bee sting. As the sample was taken, it felt like pressure in my neck. I compare it to an epidural. A surreal feeling knowing a needle is being stuck in your neck. 

The longest 20-30 minutes of my life. I don't think I took a breath. Thinking about what was hanging in the balance for  what seemed like eternity.

Fast, accurate results for tests should be the standard 
of care in all medical facilities. 

Preliminary and final pathology reports showed no sign of cancer in the lymph node sample. My doctors and I will continue to keep a close eye on any changes. 

Overwhelmed with gratitude.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Teens Are Good

These four teenagers collected
$940 worth of donations
for The Cancer Card Xchange
instead of birthday gifts
for themselves.

Overwhelmed with gratitude for
Sara, Ryan, Addie and Gray
and all of their 
generous friends.