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Forum: Not Diagnosed With a Recurrence or Metastases but Concerned —

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Posted on: Oct 17, 2020 03:39AM

Johnnygirl wrote:

Hi all, I know everyone here can understand the anxiety that comes over us when we find a new lump. A few days ago, my husband noticed a lump on my back. It's between the shoulder blades either on the spine or just to the right - that spot that I cannot reach or even see very well. He was able to take a picture so I could see it clearly. It looks like something almost the size of a baseball under the skin. There's no difference in the skin over it, normal color, no lesions or anything. Just looks like someone inserted a baseball under my skin. My sister gets fatty cysts on her back that sometimes need to be drained. This looks completely different.

Of course, with a history of breast cancer, I am scared that this could be a metastasis or a new cancer. Once you've been told before that it's cancer, it's not so easy to tell yourself it's probably not cancer. MO suggested I go through my family doctor first so I have an appointment Monday afternoon with her. In the meantime, I'm googling and worrying.

Anyone have experience with lumps like this? Or any expertise on how likely or unlikely that this could be a metastasis?

Thanks in advance.

Dx at 38, wife and mom of 2 đź’— Dx 8/8/2016, DCIS, Left, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 8/8/2016, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/21/2016 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 12/1/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Oct 17, 2020 08:03AM DebAL wrote:

hi Johnnygirl, the first thing that comes to my mind is a lipoma. Benign, painless, fairly soft and annoying more than anything else. The back is a common place to have them. I have a small one on my inner forearm. That area is not a bother to me but I could see one on your back being bothersome especially when you are lying on your back. They can be removed but usually in an outpatient setting under light anesthesia. Its a daily surgery where I work.

I'm glad you are seeing your doctor tomorrow and I hope it turns out to be nothing to worry about. We all understand anxiety when it comes to changes with our body. Keep us posted.

Dx 1/22/2018, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 2/11/2018 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 2/12/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 4/1/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 6/13/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/8/2018 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 12/19/2018 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Surgery
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Oct 17, 2020 01:21PM AliceBastable wrote:

I was thinking lipoma, too. I had one on my neck, in the front, that puzzled my PCP and an endocrinologist, and was finally identified by an ENT, As he walked into the exam room he said "Hi, wow, that's quite a lipoma you've got there!" Apparently under the chin is an odd spot for them, though. At 7 cm, I looked like a bullfrog on one side. Super easy surgery to remove it, but he switched to full anesthesia instead of the lightweight kind because it was close to some veins or arteries and he didn't want any inadvertent twitching on my part.

Endometrial cancer 2010, basal cell multiples, breast cancer 2018, kidney cancer 2018. Cancer's a bitch, but I'm a bigger one with more practice. Dx 5/2018, ILC/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/10/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 8/7/2018 Radiation Therapy 10/29/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Oct 17, 2020 01:43PM SondraF wrote:

A met would be causing other problems like numbness, pain, or loss of power of some sort. Agree with the others that this is probably a lipoma - look up "back mice" (yeah, thats not creepy at all!) but definitely worth getting checked for peace of mind!

Dx 9/27/2019, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy 11/29/2019 Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy 11/29/2019 Femara (letrozole), Zoladex (goserelin)
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Oct 17, 2020 01:49PM DebAL wrote:

Lol Alice bullfrog. Glad they put you under. Otherwise had u twitched u would have woken up in recovery saying "ribbet" I have never seen one under the chin. Hopefully this is the case for Johnnygirl and its only a lipoma too.

Dx 1/22/2018, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 2/11/2018 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 2/12/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 4/1/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 6/13/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/8/2018 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 12/19/2018 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Surgery
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Oct 17, 2020 07:56PM MinusTwo wrote:

I noticed you're seeing a family doctor. If you're not satisfied, I'd suggest you go to a dermatologist. Good luck

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Oct 17, 2020 08:11PM Johnnygirl wrote:

Thanks everyone for your replies! You've give me some peace of mind. I'll keep you updated after I see my doctor.

Dx at 38, wife and mom of 2 đź’— Dx 8/8/2016, DCIS, Left, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 8/8/2016, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/21/2016 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 12/1/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Oct 17, 2020 09:10PM AliceBastable wrote:

DebAL

I'd have had to use Jeremiah as a username!


Endometrial cancer 2010, basal cell multiples, breast cancer 2018, kidney cancer 2018. Cancer's a bitch, but I'm a bigger one with more practice. Dx 5/2018, ILC/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/10/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 8/7/2018 Radiation Therapy 10/29/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Oct 17, 2020 09:33PM DebAL wrote:

Joy to the world Alice!

Dx 1/22/2018, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 2/11/2018 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 2/12/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 4/1/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 6/13/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/8/2018 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 12/19/2018 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Surgery

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