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Topic: lump in opposite breast after mastectomy

Forum: High Risk for Breast Cancer — Due to family history, genetics, or other factors.

Posted on: May 24, 2013 03:31AM, edited May 24, 2013 03:32AM by kaeyreed

kaeyreed wrote:

I had cancer in 2009 and had a mastectomy of my right breast.   About a month ago I found a lump the size of a large pea deep in my left breast.  I showed my PCP and she said to come back in 30 days if it was bigger or still there.  It's is nearly the thirty days but I am very anxious about it and thinking I don't want to wait any longer.  Should I see the PCP or my oncologist whom I haven't been back to in over a year.  Scared that this is starting again.  My previous cancer was found on mammo, I never felt lump so not sure what BC lump feels like.  Can anyone tell me what sort of thing I should look for?  Please don't tell me how stupid I am for not going back to Onco!  I went for three years and nothing ever happened, no medicine change nothing so I just didn't go back.  If this turns out to be  something I will be beating myself up plenty!!  Quit taking Tomaxifen because of side effects.  But I am scared. Had to put this out there somewhere, don't want to tell my family anything about it at all.  Might not be anything!

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May 24, 2013 09:13AM ballet12 wrote:

I'd see the oncologist or your breast surgeon. Don't beat yourself up over it.

Dx DCIS, 5cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR-Surgery 07/27/2012 Lumpectomy (Right)Surgery 10/05/2012 Lumpectomy (Right)Surgery 10/26/2012 Lumpectomy (Right)Radiation Therapy 01/10/2013 External
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May 24, 2013 09:40AM bluepearl wrote:

It's YOUR body and you have every right to be concerned as having had breast cancer makes you more prone to a second one. Get a mammogram, ultrasound and the most definitive of them all, a biopsy. I did the same thing as you...didn't take the tamoxifen because of SE and two years later, second primary in other breast. Had another mastectomy. It was 8mm, grade 3, no LVI, and hormone +, so now I DO take my tamoxifen and realize that any SE can often disappear once your body gets used to it. I didn't need chemo either. So, even if it is cancer, get it early as possible. The "pea-sized" lump is enough to look for, but I believe cancer tends to be hard and fixed...but cancer is a strange entity and has no fixed rules. Try not to be so afraid. Unlike mine, most of the time the second cancer bears a resemblance to the first in every way but still remains a primary rather than a recurrence, which oddly is a good thing. And, you may be jumping the gun and it could be perfectly benign.....but get it checked. I am always amazed that doctors do not recommend further investigations of breast lumps. My friend kept getting "oh it's nothing" for three years and ended up with stage 4 when, by the very nature of her cancer, she could have caught it early when in was curable. Makes me mad as hell.

Dx 1/6/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Dx 2/2013, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 02/12/2011 Mastectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Surgery 03/10/2013 Mastectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Right)Hormonal Therapy 03/18/2013 Tamoxifen