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Posted on: Oct 21, 2011 09:36AM - edited Oct 21, 2011 10:09AM by lamom318

lamom318 wrote:

I went to my gynocologist last week, and saw the nurse practitioner because I recently found a lump in my right breast.  She felt the lump too and recommended an ultrasound as soon as possible.  Had the ultrasound Tuesday, and today, the nurse from the doctor's office called and told me, my ultrasound came back negative....as in no lump was detected.  She didn't give me any feedback or explanation.  I told her I still felt the obvious lump, and she told me it was probably just fibrous tissue.  I hope that too, but while I was waiting on results this week, I had plenty of time to freak myself out by reading online forums and such, and I read many posts and articles about women having negative ultrasounds but still having breast cancer after having a MRI or a biopsy from a breast specialist.  Am I being paranoid, or is my doctor not being thorough?  I am only 27, and I feel like they are not acting concerned.  I know they see this stuff all the time, but I still have no answer about what the lump is.  People I have talked to tell me that the lump should be aspirated to check the fluid for cancer.  Even though the ultrasound was negative, that doesn't determine that there is no lump or that it isn't cancerous.  Just wondering if anyone else has been in the same boat or if anyone had any good advice.   Thanks! :)

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Oct 21, 2011 09:51AM stephN wrote:

Hi lamom, I hesitate to give advice because everyone has such different experiences.  One thing to remember is that most people on these boards have cancer--the ones whose tests came back benign don't usually stick around.  So, I think you'll find that the people here tend to be more proactive about tests and such.

That said, I had a similar experience to yours.  I felt a lump and went to my gyno.  At the imaging center where I went, the radiologist said it was fine.  But since I felt a lump, my gynecologist referred me to a breast specialist.  I had my films sent to a nationally recognized hospital and then went to their breast health center.  It turned out I did have early stage breast cancer.  

So, I would suggest a second opinion, if only for your peace of mind.  It's probably benign--most are--but, in my opinion, it's always better to be sure! 

DX 7/12/11 DCIS w/IDC microinvasion, Stage 1, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+
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Oct 21, 2011 10:05AM Lifes-A-Beach wrote:

If you feel like you want more answers you should get a recommendation to a BS and ask for a biopsy..Also remember to get copies of your mammo reports from radiology!

I went 2 yrs on a wait and watch schedule with my old doctor til I finally found a BS that would do a biopsy on the area of concern in my breast..Granted it was non-palapable so was only visible on mammo/us..

My biopsy came back benign..Remember as well that 80% of breast lumps are benign :)

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Oct 21, 2011 12:28PM mommy22boyz wrote:


My heart goes out to you, and I know exactly how you feel. 

I also have a lump on my right breast... I went to my gyno, and saw the nurse practitioner who told me the lump feels like breast tissue because it is moveable.  I have had 2 ultrasounds and 1 diagnostic mammo come back normal.  The radiologist suggested I get an MRI (insurance will not approve it because I don't have family history) because of not only my dense breasts but because they do not see anything on the films.

It's been almost a month for me and I still have no answers.  I am going to see a breast specialist on Thursday to see what they think. 

My suggestion to you is to speak to your gyno about either a diagnostic mammo (you are young and probably have dense breasts) and going to see a breast specialist.  I've learned a lot while on these boards and one thing is for sure... be an advocate for your health.

Good Luck. 

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Oct 21, 2011 06:17PM EMILY696302 wrote:


I found a lump in my right breast a month ago. I went to see my Dr, He examined me, he also felt the lump and also found some in my left breast.  He ordered a Mammogram and Ultrasound.  My Dr's office called and said that they both were negative. When I went in a month later to see the dr for just a check up, I asked him about my results.  He said they DIDNT show anything in my right breast but cysts in my left.  I asked, "How could it not show nothing?" The lump was there when I had these test done.  He mentioned harmones and the usual. Not concerned, but does tell me that Inflammatory Breast Cancer sometimes doesnt show in a Mammo or Ultrasound.  He doesnt exam my breast again or anything. He tells me about dimpling and a rash if it was. I dont have that, but a year ago I had stabbing pains in my right breast. I couldnt move or breath hard. I was painful.  I had and Ultrasound at that time, and it was negative.  After doing research and seeing other comments, I called my Drs office and told them I still have the lump and I want a MRI.  A few days later they called me and had scheduled my MRI.  I went there this past Thursday and am hoping to get results Monday.   

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Oct 23, 2011 07:16PM bella76 wrote:

Because of your age you need to have an MRI, My cancer didn't show up on ultrasound or mammogram and I was 34 at diagnosis.

Because your young you have more dense breasts, thats what they told me anyway. 

Don't let them brush you off, it's better to be safe than sorry. Good luck xoxo 

Micropapillary BC Her+ 2011 Dx 8/2/2011, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 8/8 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 3/5/2012 Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 3/5/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Surgery 10/19/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 7/7/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/10/2017 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant
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Oct 24, 2011 05:34AM simplify wrote:

LAmom- I recently went through the same thing - obvious lump that did not show on mammo or US (because of dense breasts). BS finally said after 6 months of "wait and see" approach that, because it had changed in size and shape and could not be seen on imaging he could not promise me it was benign and it needed to come out. I had an excisional biopsy last week and it was benign! In a way I hate that I had to have surgery to get the answers I needed but would do it again in a heartbeat. Slept better this past weekend (even with 3 kids at home with strep throat) than I had in seven months. Good luck!

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Oct 24, 2011 08:17PM Formyloves wrote:

Let me quickly tell you my story. I don't honk it's common, but you should be aware. I am 26 years old. March 23 I felt a lump in my left breast near my areola. I went to my gyno who mentioned it could be hormonal and to watch it 3 weeks later it was still there and it was recommended that I have a ultrasound. The Tuesday after mothers day I had the ultrasound done and they said it was a fibroadenoma which is a benign tumor. The radiologist said he could biopsy it, but again because of my age and lack of family history he wouldn't recommend it. He even stated that if I was a family member of his he wouldn't recommended.
My mom kept pushing me to be more agressive and have a biopsy. I went to a general surgeon about 3 weeks after my u/s and he started me on antibiotics thinking maybe it was a breast infection since I was breast feeding. 6 weeks or so later on july 07 I had a lumpectomy. On July 11 I was informed I did indeed have breast cancer. Left mastectomy on july 11 with 22/40 lymph nodes positive. Not meaning to freak you out but make sure you are comfortable with your decision.

"life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away"
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Oct 24, 2011 08:58PM jenn_h wrote:

lamom, I don't want to be scary either, but I found a lump that did not show on ultrasound or mammogram, it took the cancer moving into the lymph nodes under my arms for them to finaslly biopsy. I guess in retrospect I wish I would have asked for a biopsy in the beginning, but I was scared it would hurt (it didn't at all by the way). This is certainly not typical, but just remember you know your body better than anyone else and if only for peace of mind you should at least get a second opinion.

“Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength.” Dx 2/4/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, 14/22 nodes, mets, ER+, HER2-
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Oct 25, 2011 08:31AM - edited Oct 25, 2011 08:31AM by lamom318

Thank you all for your advice and for sharing your experiences.  I just got a call from my Dr.'s office (after I called them back Friday and insisted that they refer me to a specialist) and I have an appointment with a breast specialist tomorrow afternoon.  Hopefully I will get more thorough answers and they will have a more proactive attitude!

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Oct 25, 2011 11:52AM - edited Oct 25, 2011 11:53AM by Kimmer1975

Glad to hear you got an appt with the specialist. Whether it's cancerous or not, you feel something that is bothersome and to me that's a breast issue! Doesn't have to be Cancer to be an issue! In my opinion. So the best thing is to see a Specialist who deals with breasts. Man, if my eyes we're blurry, I'd go to an eye doc right? So if there's a problem with my breast, I'd rather see a breast specialist too. To me, it only makes sense! I hope you get some well deserved answers. Never hurts to get a second opinion from someone who deals solely with breast concerns! :) Good Luck hun. Hope all goes well tomorrow. 

FibroCystic Breast Condition (FCC)
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Oct 25, 2011 12:13PM Natters wrote:

Good luck with the breast specialist. Hopefully, they can figure out what kind of lump it is and reassure you. Probably, you will monitor that lump the rest of your life, and will need to let them know if it changes size or shape or anything. I guess most breast lumps are benign (harmless). I have one of the benign kind called a fibreadenoma that was first detected when I was 19 years old. I'm in my 40s now, just to give you an idea how long it has been hanging around - although it has grown a bit over the years and it's pretty big, it is not a concern. All the DRs that have felt it agreed that it felt exactly like a fibreadednoma and that was recently confirmed by MRI becauee of my diagnosis of DCIS in the other breast. Sometimes the lump gets sore before my period, but that is actually a good sign, apparently. BTW, they do not aspirate fluid out of lumps all the time anymore, so don't worry if they don't suggest that to you. I just wanted to respond to you as someone who has been "lumpy" since her teens that it doesn't necessarily mean you'll get cancer one day. But it's very good that you're meeting a specialist and getting it all thoroughly checked out. Hopefully, you'll get some good answers and be able to sleep more easily.

Age 41 at dx. Dx 6/15/2011, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 8/17/2011 Lumpectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 9/6/2011 Radiation Therapy 10/31/2011
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Aug 13, 2013 03:13AM - edited Aug 13, 2013 03:14AM by Deborah12345678

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Aug 13, 2013 03:19AM Deborah12345678 wrote:

,my doctor found a lump in my right breast . I have had it for 3 months . The ultra sound showed nothing so my doctor wants me to have a biopsy . Could something still be wrong as I still feel the lump ?

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