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Topic: Does a mass in the breast hurt if it is cancer?

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Posted on: Feb 19, 2008 09:14PM

3galsmom wrote:

Please anyone who has had a br mass let me know if it was painful.

I have a mass in my L breast and it is sore and painful. I am being remammo'd and ultrasound next Tues. I have read that the only definitive diagnosis is by biopsy. I can't stop thinking about this and am driving myself crazy with every ache and pain. HELP!

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Feb 19, 2008 09:19PM AnnNYC wrote:

Doctors and nurses have told me that "generally speaking, early cancers don't hurt" -- although there are exceptions. Unfortunately, there are no absolutes about how benign masses feel compared to malignant.   You are correct that the only definitive diagnosis is by biopsy.  But it's said that 80% of biopsies turn out to be benign.

I hope you get answers next week that put your mind at ease.

Ann

Dx 3/9/2007, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 20, 2008 03:28PM leaf wrote:

Waiting for the results is AWFUL. Some women feel that distraction helps. Its hard for your brain to hold 2 thoughts at once.

Some women find cleaning, or doing something they hate helps. Or biofeedback, medititation, religion, or whatever (healthy) ways you have of getting through this.

One wise woman on this website said she thought that the offer of a prescription for an antianxiety med should come with every biopsy. I agree.

Hang in there. We're here for you.

If you're going through hell, keep going-Winston Churchill

Dx 12/8/2005, LCIS, Stage 0, ER+/PR-Hormonal Therapy 07/15/2006 Tamoxifen
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Feb 20, 2008 03:31PM, edited May 9, 2008 08:51AM by AlwaysHope

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Feb 20, 2008 06:55PM Curlylocks wrote:

Hi 3galsmom,

Sorry that you have to go through all this waiting...it truly sucks.  

My tumour did not hurt and was as hard as a baseball.  Some ladies have pain and others dont....

The odds are in your favour, 80% of results are normal, hopefully you will be there.  I had the cleanest house when I was waiting for results, it helped to keep busy to keep my mind off things.

Michele 

Dx 10/23/2005, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIb, Grade 3, 3/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Dx 1/9/2014, IDC, <1cm, Grade 1, ER-/PR-, HER2-Surgery 11/09/2005 Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Chemotherapy 12/05/2005 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, TaxolHormonal Therapy 05/01/2006 ArimidexRadiation Therapy 06/01/2006 ExternalSurgery 05/03/2008 Prophylactic Ovary Removal (Both)Surgery 12/16/2013 Prophylactic Mastectomy (Both); Reconstruction: DIEP flap (Both)Chemotherapy 02/11/2014 Cytoxan, Taxotere
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Feb 20, 2008 08:09PM wishiwere wrote:

Mine hurt.  That's why everyone (including me) thought it was a cyst.  It wasn't.  a 1.7 cm IDC with .3 of that being DCIS.  Good luck, hopefully yours is ONLY a be9 cysts!  let us know how you fare with the mammo.  I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised how less barbaric the mammo's were compared to 12 years ago! :D

wishiwere~ Path read stage 1C- 1st Primary was IDC w/DCIS 1.4 cm, ER/PR+ & HER2-

Dx 9/21/2007, ILC, 1cm, Stage Ib, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 22, 2008 10:25AM tygress wrote:

If there's one thing I've found out since going thru BC w/ my Mom 5 yrs. ago..no 2 women ever have the same symtoms, pain, lack of pain, lumps..etc., etc. We are not cut out cookies from a factory, but homemade ones that are all unique in our own ways.

I found a lump..4/1 syllable words w/ a DICTIONARY of meanings

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Feb 22, 2008 11:02AM jdg1 wrote:

I can tell you from my experience yes my cancer breast did hurt.  That is why I went back to the Drs. after having a clean mammo.  But like Tygress said  no 2 woman are alike in symptoms.  Although mine did hurt please don't think you have cancer.  Try and relax until your testing is done, I know easier said than done. 

Infiltrating Ductal In-Situ Stage IIB Grade 1 No node involvment, ER/PR + HER 2 -, Oncotype DX 17

Dx 5/30/2007, IDC, 0/2 nodes
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Feb 23, 2008 06:30PM Cin56 wrote:

Mine hurt and my daughter's hurted like the dickens. I don't know why some docs tell patients that cancer's do not hurt. When my daughter initially went to the doctor, he asked her if it hurt and when she said, "yes", he told her that was a good sign...WRONG!!! He also asked her if it popped up suddenly and when she said, "yes", he said that also was a good sign...WRONG AGAIN!!! They just cannot tell, one way or the other, unless there is a biopsy. Wishing you the very best in this.

Where is the cure???

www.truefacesofbreastcancer.org

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Feb 23, 2008 06:42PM sherryw wrote:

Ann

Mine did not hurt at all.  My friend had a cyst in her breast and it hurt like the dickens.  So let's just hope for a cyst.  Let us know.

Hang in there

sherry

Light thinks it travels faster than anything, but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds that darkness has always gotten there first and is waiting for the light

Dx 2/14/2005, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIb, Grade 3, 3/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Feb 24, 2008 12:58PM NERVOUSWRECK wrote:

I am kinda in the same situation...I have a lump in my Rt Breast. I has gone from pea size to AA Battery size in a matter of 6 months. I also am having discharge in that breast. The Mamm & U/S showed nothing really so I asked to see the specialist/oncologist. So I have a Gammagram (sp) 2morrow, and then a lumpectomy on the 3rd of March. I too have been told that BC doesn't hurt. But I am not taking any chances....... After being on here, I am not going to 2nd guess, and I will not stop till I find out what is going on!!!!! Take care, and I will let you know what happens...

Brooke

Brooke

Dx 3/25/2008, LCIS, 4cm, Stage 0, Grade 1
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Mar 22, 2008 05:16PM Cin56 wrote:

How did everything turn out, Brooke? Hope everything is fine.

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Mar 23, 2008 10:16AM HeatherBLocklear wrote:

Well, yes. Some cancers do hurt; others don't. This is a layperson's observation only (not based on scientific evidence): triple negatives tend to grow fast, be painful, and even itch. Hormone receptor positive lesions tend to grow more slowly, and present no real symptoms except their presence.

This said, most breast masses are benign, so the odds are greatly in your favor. Think Easter and chocolate today; we're here for you if you need us.

Hugs,

Annie

Annie Camel Tail

Dx 2/23/2008, IDC, Stage IV, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Mar 23, 2008 11:51AM leaf wrote:

This study says the most common initial symptom in this population was a palpable breast mass. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10466432?ordinalpos=41&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

This paper claims pain was the second most common symptom of breast cancer. jpubhealth.oxfordjournals.org/... ***** However, this does NOT mean that most women with breast pain have breast cancer**** (see the next sentence.)

"Breast pain is more commonly associated with non-cancerous changes than with cancerous changes to the breast tissue. Equal discomfort in both breasts is most commonly benign. But new and persistent discomfort in only one breast may be of concern, particularly if it's getting worse, not better."www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/...

If you're going through hell, keep going-Winston Churchill

Dx 12/8/2005, LCIS, Stage 0, ER+/PR-Hormonal Therapy 07/15/2006 Tamoxifen