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

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Posted on: Jan 25, 2021 01:38PM - edited Jan 25, 2021 02:00PM by ItsMyLifeAndResponsibility

ItsMyLifeAndResponsibility wrote:

I had a lumpectomy in October and now I notice small lumps under my skin in some places. Should I worry? Is cancer little tiny lumps felt by fingertips ? Sorry, I posted the first time under the wrong heading.. first timer.. lol



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Jan 25, 2021 02:03PM Beesie wrote:

Welcome to BCO!

Where do you feel these little lumps? That could make a difference in what they might be.

What was your diagnosis and what treatment did you have, other than the lumpectomy?


“No power so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.” Edmund Burke
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Jan 25, 2021 02:42PM buttonsmachine wrote:

Hi there, in most cases that could be fat necrosis or some normal changes after treatment. However, I had similar symptoms and it was recurrences of my original breast cancer. It's definitely something to have your doctors check out and monitor. It might even be good to get some imaging done. Hope that it's benign.

Diagnosed at 32. Local recurrences one year later. Now dealing with MBC. Dx 8/2016, IDC, Right, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/1/2016 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 11/1/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/1/2017 Whole-breast Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 10/2017, IDC, Right, Grade 3, 2/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/1/2017 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 12/1/2017 AC Surgery 4/1/2018 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 5/1/2018 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Chemotherapy 7/1/2018 Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy 7/30/2018 Zoladex (goserelin) Hormonal Therapy 2/1/2019 Aromasin (exemestane) Hormonal Therapy 9/30/2019 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Dx 8/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver/other, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy 8/30/2020 Ibrance (palbociclib) Chemotherapy 1/15/2021 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine)
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Jan 25, 2021 04:04PM ItsMyLifeAndResponsibility wrote:

Just the lumpectomy. She took the nearest lymph node and it was negative for cancer. They are under the soft loose skin in both armpits and all around my abdomen.. Non on my arms or legs.

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Jan 25, 2021 05:35PM - edited Jan 25, 2021 05:40PM by buttonsmachine

Your symptoms could be a lot of things, but it sounds like it should definitely be checked out.

What kind of cancer were you diagnosed with originally?

Diagnosed at 32. Local recurrences one year later. Now dealing with MBC. Dx 8/2016, IDC, Right, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/1/2016 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 11/1/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/1/2017 Whole-breast Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 10/2017, IDC, Right, Grade 3, 2/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/1/2017 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 12/1/2017 AC Surgery 4/1/2018 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 5/1/2018 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Chemotherapy 7/1/2018 Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy 7/30/2018 Zoladex (goserelin) Hormonal Therapy 2/1/2019 Aromasin (exemestane) Hormonal Therapy 9/30/2019 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Dx 8/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver/other, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy 8/30/2020 Ibrance (palbociclib) Chemotherapy 1/15/2021 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine)
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Jan 25, 2021 05:49PM Beesie wrote:

Yes, definitely get it checked out. Some times we can feel normal lymph nodes, which we have all over our bodies - and they do feel like small bb size lumps. I had very swollen lymph nodes in my groin years ago when I had shingles, and when I checked afterwards (that was not an area I had ever checked before), I noticed that I can feel many small normal nodes in the groin area.

So this could be something harmless, but it certainly warrants seeing a doctor.


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Jan 26, 2021 12:17AM OnTarget wrote:

I have a small lump on my chest near my armpit. My BS has ordered an ultrasound, although she said that there are a lot of benign things it could be. I hope it is nothing, and I'll feel much better after the ultrasound.

I agree that you should ask your doctor.

Diagnosed at 42, Oncotype score 16, ITC in one node- considered node negative. Lost right implant to infection March 2020. Waiting to start reconstruction all over again. Dx 4/8/2019, ILC, Left, 3cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 4/23/2019, ILC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/15/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 6/13/2019 Zoladex (goserelin) Chemotherapy 8/5/2019 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/6/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Jan 26, 2021 08:09AM LivinLife wrote:

Ask your doc for sure. I had what was determined to be scar tissue that felt like many lumps and bumps even a few months after my surgery. The lymphedema therapist then smoothed a lot of that out though I still have some of those that I will get checked out again near future. As others said there are many possibilities for what these can be....I actually think what I have remaining is more still swollen lymph nodes at this point....

Dx 7/2020, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 8/31/2020 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right
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Jan 26, 2021 03:53PM - edited Jan 26, 2021 03:54PM by ItsMyLifeAndResponsibility

Just talked to my sister who has been nursing for 45 years (retired recently) and she said they were fat lumps from losing weight around my tummy and arms.. I kinda figured as much since it is a single layer of the same feeling all over my upper body, pretty much...I didn't think cancer could make thousands of little lumps, since the surgeon spent 3 hours removing about a tablespoon of flesh on my upper chest.. It was right where I rested the ipad at night to play farmville... The exact corner of the ipad was the spot I got it..Lesson learned... Anyway, thank you for all your help. With Love Sandy

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Jan 26, 2021 05:35PM MelissaDallas wrote:

Itsmylifeandresponsibility,

I have lost and gained lots of weight more times over the years than I could possibly count and not once has that left me wit “bb feeling lumps” all over my abdomen and under my arms. Please at least see your primary care doc

LCIS, extensive sclerosing adenosis, TAH/BSO & partial omentectomy for mucinous borderline ovarian tumor.
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Jan 27, 2021 12:19PM KBeee wrote:

I agree with the others that it needs to be checked. It COULD be a lot of things, but you want to know for sure what it is. When I had my recurrence, my doc was 99% sure it was fine. I am 100% glad that I asked for further testing.

Karen. Dx 8/5/2013, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 8/25/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 9/19/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/11/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 1/22/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 1/28/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Dx 2/2/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 2/24/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Prophylactic ovary removal Dx 2/25/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 3, 0/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Chemotherapy 3/30/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/24/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Jan 28, 2021 05:56PM ItsMyLifeAndResponsibility wrote:

Ok. I will call her for an appointment. Thank you.

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