So, I have had palpable lymph nodes at the same place in both armpits for over a year and a half now. They first showed up during a pregnancy. I have had them monitored periodically and they have always looked benign on ultrasound. Mammograms are also clear. The largest node is 1.5 cm and the radiologist doesn't really consider it clinically enlarged.
OK, so something unexpected happened at my last checkup. My doctor, despite feeling like everything is probably fine with these nodes, decided to refer me for a PET/CT scan. This is to try and see if I have any chest masses that can't be felt or seen, and also to get some more info about the possibillity of lymphoma.
Here's my dilemma. I have an 8 month old who is pretty much exclusively breastfed and does not take bottles. Because of that, I am pretty close to being her sole provider in terms of eating and sleeping.
Getting the scan will make me radioactive. I will not be able to be near my baby for like a day, they tell me. My husband is up to the challenge, and we will have to work on bottle feeding before the actual day. But, I would be lying if I said I don't worry about making myself radioactive and possibly harming her. I also wonder what exposure to so much radiation might do to me, especially since I have little fear that this will turn out to be anything but benign nodes.
I'm not sure if I should keep the appointment, but then there is another side of me that thinks it would be good to know nothing is cooking inside my chest cavity and/or that this doesn't look like lymphoma (although pet/ct misses 25% of lymphomas). Just need to talk it through with someone.