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May 29, 2012 08:24 PM CoolBreeze wrote:
I am a cyst-maker, which is why when I got the real lump, the cancer, I didn't worry. FYI, it felt VERY different than the cysts but I attributed it to aging. "Oh, this lump is harder because I'm getting older and hormones are changing." Wrong!
But, that doesn't help you - I did have a cyst "change shape" once. I put that in quotes because it only appeared to change shape. In fact, another had grown underneath, which gave an irregular appearance on the sonogram and mammogram.
The one thing I've learned, having Stage IV cancer, is just how inexact a science this is. They have these expensive, million dollar pieces of equipment and they often still can't say with certainty what something is. Right now, I have one doctor telling me that cancer is growing back in my liver while another is telling me it's surgical scarriing. I go to UCSF, a major cancer center, have a famous surgeon - even they don't know for sure. We think they should be able to know but it's not like that.
So, all that is to say, is that the only way they are 100% is surgically. I'm not telling you what to do because time will tell too. If it's cancer, it will make itself known. Getting it checked every six months is a good plan and if you have a cyst farm, like me, you probably just have another cyst. But, a cyst draining or lumpectomy is a simple procedure.
Either way, don't ignore it. That's what I did and look at me now. Only you can know which one will make you more comfortable. Which one will keep you from worrying the most? Do that one.
Ann's cancer blog: www.butdoctorihatepink.com
.....multicentric/multifocal IDC/ILC+DCIS/LCIS/ADH Official dx? "Your breast was a mess." ~UniMastectomy/Chemo/Herceptin/Tamoxifen/Recon Almost Done! Oh wait. mets to liver 5/21/11 Now Stage IVDx 8/17/2009, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIa, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+