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Hard lump on wrist

Hi everyone, I have not posted here for a while but have always kept up with the community. I have a question. I recently discovered a small hard bony lump on my wrist that feels like it is part of the bone and it sticks out and I have never noticed it before. It is about a little over half a centimeter round. There is no pain. I have reached out to my Oncologist but they are asking me to set up an appointment with my PCP. Is this usually the case? My PCP has just left the practice and the soonest appointment is not till August with another Dr. Is this something I should be concern about? Any advise?

Thank you so much to everyone.


  • maggie15
    maggie15 Member Posts: 620

    @kiks1 , I'm not a doctor but it sounds like it might be a ganglion cyst (I've had a few over the years.) They are not harmful but it is a good idea to have them checked. Sometimes they go away on their own but if they interfere with joint movement doctors can remove them. If this is the case you should be OK waiting until August; if things change and pain develops seek medical advice sooner.

  • kiks1
    kiks1 Member Posts: 118

    Thank you so much for the advise Maggie. I was able to make an appointment for end of month. Hoping that it is just a cyst.

  • elainetherese
    elainetherese Member Posts: 1,620

    I agree with Maggie that it sounds like a ganglion cyst. I was diagnosed with one on my left wrist at the same time I was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. It was painless and did not interfere with my capacity to use my left hand/wrist/arm so I didn't pay much attention to it. As some point, it just resolved itself on its own. Hope it's what you have as well!

  • mandy23
    mandy23 Member Posts: 74

    I once had a ganglion cyst also. It went away on its own.

    To add some entertainment to it, it has also in the past been called a "Bible cyst". The reason for this is that a common home remedy (not recommended) used to be to hit it with a Bible or other thick book to try and make it rupture and pop. 😊

    Maybe it will go away before your August appointment…?

    Hopefully, that's all it is.

  • maggie15
    maggie15 Member Posts: 620

    re mandy23's post, once a doctor hit my ganglion cyst with the Merck Manual. It did resolve temporarily but returned and eventually was surgically removed.

    These cysts really do look like a cancerous sarcoma. My students used to be very concerned about the noticeable lump on my hand and had to be reassured that it was not malignant.

    kiks1, It's good that you have an appointment at the end of the month. Hopefully it's just a cyst.