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Forum: Not Diagnosed but Worried — Meet others worried about developing breast cancer for the first time.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2009 11:07AM

kellic23 wrote:

Hello, I was wondering if any of you ladies have had this happen. I have always been fairly symmetrical, even with 3 successful pregnancies. I am now 46 and recently found a lump in my breast and it has shrunk at least one full cup size according to my doctor. I had a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound, and while EVERYONE who touches my breast can feel the lump, it was not visible on either diagnostic test, though my lymph nodes were enlarged on that side. The radiologist said not to worry, since it was not visible on the test, he could feel it, but said to come back next year for my regular mammogram. What do you think?

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Jul 16, 2009 11:17AM pip57 wrote:

I think you should get another opinion.  Any dimpling (ie shrinking) in an area of the breast needs to be checked out.  Radiology reports were wrong in my Mom's case.  And I had no palpable lump but one did show up on US.  However, when they took the breast it was FULL of tumors of various sizes that did not show up.  

I don't want to scare you, but I suspect you already are.  Please follow this through! 

PIP - multi focal, FEC100/Tax, rads, dble mast with no recon, ooph/hyst, arimidex

Dx 2/1/2007, IDC, Stage IIIb, Grade 2, 9/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 16, 2009 11:19AM idaho wrote:

Don't walk - RUN to get a biopsy done.  I don't want to alarm you but it is not a good idea to wait when there is something going on in your breast.  Just because your doc can't see it doesn't mean it is nothing.   WOuldn't you feel better to know for SURE that it is nothing?  80% of biopsies are not cancer- the odds are in your favor- but I think you should be safe rather than sorry.  THe earlier you catch breast cancer the better your odds of survival.  If your doc won't recommend a biopsy then find one who will. You might also want to have a skin punch biopsy done along with the core biopsy.  Peace and health to you,   Tami

There's no place like home......There's no place like home

Dx 2/1/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 16, 2009 11:26AM Karenp62 wrote:

kellie23, I agree with idaho and prettyinpink100. Get a second opinion. Neither of my tumors should up on the mammogram and I could feel one of them.

Karen

Dx 6/1/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 16, 2009 11:28AM EleanorJ wrote:

There IS a lump and your breast is shrinking. You need to get that checked ASAP by someone else. I would make an appt with a breast surgeon and discuss biopsy. If you want to, you could get an MRI first, but breast just don't shrink a cup size for the fun of it. And radiologist don't know what they're talking about. My tumor was visible on mammo & US, I was told it was a cyst (by radiology) but my OB-GYN sent me to the breast surgeon to be sure. BS still didn't think it was cancer but when I asked about it being a cyst, she said "no way, no fluid". Please, hurry and find yourself a good BS that knows what they're talking about. By the way, I was 33 at time of dx. Hopefully it's nothing, like idaho said, 80% of tumors are benign, but if indeed it is cancer, a year might make a big difference in the outcome. Early BC is very easily curable. Good luck to you and keep us posted.

Caroline --- thecebulas.blogspot.com/ --- TC#1 12/08/08, TC#2 12/29/08, TC#3 01/19/09, TC#4 02/09/09, TC#5 03/02/09, TC#6 03/23/09

Dx 10/9/2008, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 16, 2009 11:31AM hollyann wrote:

Get a second opinion TODAY!.......Where do you live?....if you are in the Atlanta Ga area please go to the Breast Care Specialists off Johnson Ferry Rd........Dr Simpson is amazing!............(am I allowed to say that?)......Oh well....PLease RUN don't walk to your nearest breast specialist (BS)............Good luck.......And keep us posted...........We are here for you..........

Hugs and Love....Lucy Dx 1-15-07 IDC stage 1b grade 1, 1.6 cm.....Also DCIS grade 3, both in left breast

Dx 1/15/2007, IDC, 1cm, Stage Ib, Grade 1, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 16, 2009 11:47AM kellic23 wrote:

Thank you for your advise. I pretty much have all of that lined up for August, though not thrill about the biopsy, I guess I wanted confirmation that I was not being paranoid by insisting that something is not right. My doctor is of the same mind, she said that she didn't really care that they couldn't see it, she would be more comfortable with it out, so I feel supported by her concern. Thanks again though, and I will be in touch!

KC

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Jul 17, 2009 09:04AM Momcat1962 wrote:

SWICTH physicians. It's not his breast. Why should he be concerned...Sometimes these "Drs" amaze me.

JER. 33:3 ...ADH

Surgery 07/29/2013 Lumpectomy (Left)