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Posted on: Jul 4, 2018 01:24PM

vampeyes wrote:

I have a lump on the bikini line, thought it was likely an ingrown hair or cyst. No white head has ever come up that I know of. I have had this for two to three months, sometimes it hurts, sometimes I don't even notice it. Since my diagnosis everything from a hangnail, to my embarrassing lump is cancer! lol. Are there lymph nodes in that area? Do I really need to bother my doctor about it?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.


Diagnosed at 41. Oncotype 21 Dx 9/20/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 10/17/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 11/14/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 1/28/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 2/28/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jul 4, 2018 02:30PM Lula73 wrote:

yes there are lymph nodes along the bikini line right where the hip, leg and pubic area come together. Hoping it’s just a stubborn ingrown hair!

-Lula Dx 1/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/14/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 3/3/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/2/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 1/3/2018 Femara (letrozole)
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Jul 28, 2018 05:33AM 2002chickadee wrote:

Vampeyes, I have a lump like that on one leg above a knee. I was concerned it was skin cancer. (This was before I had breast cancer.) I showed it to my dermatologist during my annual skin check for cancer and she explained that it's a kind of benign bump that forms in response to the trauma/irritation of an ingrown hair or similar, and that it can be removed but leaves a scar, so we just left it. I wonder if a dermatologist visit might be the right place for you to start?

DX'ed at age 41 on my first mammogram Dx 1/11/2018, IDC, Right, Stage IA, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 2/6/2018 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Chemotherapy 3/23/2018 CMF Dx 9/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/4/2018 Lumpectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Jul 28, 2018 05:52AM - edited Jul 28, 2018 05:54AM by Amica

Dear Vampeyes

I would have it checked out. Or now that I see your post is a couple of weeks old, maybe you already have. My take on things nowadays is that any lump or bump on a breast cancer survivor should be checked out, unless it is clearly a whitehead or something. I'm going in for an ultra-sound to have a weird lump on my forehead ultrasounded next week. Normally I would never have worried about it, but due to my recent experiences I'm suspicious of any lump anywhere.

Amica

1998 Stage 2 IDC,1/16 nodes, ER/PR +, HER2-,Gr 3,finished tx 2010--Stage IV dx Aug 2018 sub-pectoral lymph nodes, Ibrance/Letrozle/Prolia. Dec/19 Mets Liver, Tamoxifen until Mar/20 mets progression, now on Faslodex only
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Jul 28, 2018 08:01AM vampeyes wrote:

The lump is gone and just a dark spot remains so I have just let it be for now. My guess is it was an ingrown hair and on Tamoxifen I seem to be healing even slower than I was before. I have a cut on my leg from May that is still healing, crazy.

Diagnosed at 41. Oncotype 21 Dx 9/20/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 10/17/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 11/14/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 1/28/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 2/28/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)

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