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Topic: Husband found a lump.

Forum: Male Breast Cancer — For men who have been diagnosed or are at high risk.

Posted on: Sep 12, 2017 01:40PM

Curlygirl76 wrote:

My beautiful 42 yo husband has found a small hard immovable painless lump in his right breast. It's inbetween nipple and armpit. He has family history, mum had breast cancer very young and sadly died of leukaemia at just 46. He has a doctors appointment on Friday morning and I'm so scared. I know it's unlikely as breast cancer in men is so rare but I just have such a feeling of foreboding hanging over me. I'm worried the gp will brush him off and he'll accept that. He's so calm and I'm the total opposite :/

I know you guys can't help me but I needed to get this down and was just looking for a wee bit of support. I'm sorry for the waffling on.

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Sep 12, 2017 02:34PM Moderators wrote:


We're sorry you're here and worrying, but your husband has done the right thing by making an appointment with the doctor. It's true, breast cancer in men is rare, so we're sending our positive thoughts your way that this will be nothing but benign. Please keep us posted on what you find out!

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Sep 13, 2017 11:44AM NotVeryBrave wrote:

I don't really have any personal advice for you. I'm surprised that no one else has responded yet. I can only say that I'm sorry for the fear you are facing. It's true that it's rare for men to develop BC, but it does happen. I hope that his doctor will at least send him for an US to gather more information on what this lump is.

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Sep 13, 2017 11:50AM - edited Sep 13, 2017 11:50AM by MTwoman

There are men on these boards. One of them, TravelText, may have some tips for you. Why don't you try to see if you can PM him. He's in Australia, so the timing of his response may be a bit off. There is also a forum for Male Breast Cancer where you may find some men who'll provide you with info about their diagnostic process and how it went. So sorry I can't help you more!

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Dx 12/10/2002, DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 12/19/2002 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 12/23/2003 Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Surgery Reconstruction (right): Saline implant Surgery Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery Mastectomy: Right
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Sep 14, 2017 03:44AM Traveltext wrote:

Sorry to hear about your hubby Curleygirl. Most bc lumps in men are found close to the nipple because that's the only place they have breast tissue. In any case it's great that you have an appointment lined up and be sure to let the doc know about the family history. Keep us posted.

NED breast and prostate cancer. More on Male BC

Dx 03/14, IBC, Lgth. 2cm, Stge IIIB, Gde 2B, ER+/PR+, HER2- ; FEC x3, Taxol x3; Mx & 2/23 nodes; Rads x 33; now on tamoxofin.

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Sep 14, 2017 10:56AM Curlygirl76 wrote:

thank you so much for taking the time to reply. I really appreciate it. I'm so nervous but can't wait until tomorrow to see if we can get some light shed on what else it could be. I've googled (shouldn't have ) and can't see any other reasons for painless, static, solid lumps in the chest. My mum said it could be a cyst but I'd have expected that to be squashy ?

I'll let you know how it goes with the gp tomorrow. Thanks again for your calming words.

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Sep 15, 2017 09:25AM sbelizabeth wrote:

Curlygirl, years before my BC diagnosis, my hubs found a lump. I had no knowledge of BC in men, but he went to his doctor and had a mammogram. Poor guy, he had to experience the vast pink ruffled-ness of the breast center, but he was a good sport. The lump didn't feel "squashy" but it was a harmless cyst, nonetheless. Praying for the same for your husband.

pinkribbonandwheels.wordpress.... Dx 10/20/2011, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 6/28 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/15/2011 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 4/18/2012 Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/21/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/19/2012 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 4/15/2013 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Sep 16, 2017 09:09AM Curlygirl76 wrote:

so he has his appointment and the doctor is almost certain it's a blocked duct ? Due to his family history though the doctor has decided to refer him to the breast clinic just to be totally sure. I'm much happier now he has seen the doctor. He as always has remained totally unfazed while I'm doing enough worrying for both of us.

Thanks again guys, I'll update again once he has been to the breast clinic.

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Sep 16, 2017 03:08PM Traveltext wrote:

So far, so good, but a great to have confirmation with a scan. Scanning options for men include an ultrasound as well as mammography. Keep us posted.

I'll follow your hubby's example and stop worrying. 😀

NED breast and prostate cancer. More on Male BC

Dx 03/14, IBC, Lgth. 2cm, Stge IIIB, Gde 2B, ER+/PR+, HER2- ; FEC x3, Taxol x3; Mx & 2/23 nodes; Rads x 33; now on tamoxofin.

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Sep 29, 2017 02:48PM 1NippledBandit wrote:

You probably already have your diagnosis by now, but painless lumps away from the nipple are unlikely to be breast cancer (possible, but unlikely). Best of luck.

Breast cancer, it's not just for women anymore! Dx 6/1/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+, HER2-

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