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Posted on: Oct 2, 2012 02:58PM

izzyant88 wrote:

Hi all,

I'm 25.  Have a history of all types of cancer in my family including ovarian and breast cancer in 2 maternal aunts.  Had to use Clomid (3 cycles) to conceive my daugther.  She's 11 months.  I have been breastfeeding this whole time.  After a few months I began to notice that my right breast had significantly less supply and I could rarely get more than an ounce when pumping whereas the other side I could get 4oz.  Especially by this point where my supply is running down that side is very empty.   I also noticed that it would take on a very odd shape when my daughter hadn't nursed there in a while.  I guess I didn't really want to find anything so I wouldn't feel around very much although I knew there was a lump there.  Well recently I have started to pay more attention to it and I am worried.  It's very hard and about the size of a golf ball - actually I think a bit bigger than that.  There's also a similar smaller lump on the other side of the same breast maybe the size of a walnut.  I know that sometimes breast cancer can be misdiagnosed as a clogged duct.  I have also become extremely fatigued in the last few months although I am getting more sleep now then when my daughter was younger and I would be up with her all night.  I feel worse now even though I am getting 8 hours of sleep.  I frequently get dizzy.  If I'm at work and haven't pumped in a while I get blurry vision and dizzy.  I never had mastisis or any signs of a clogged duct.  Just these big lumps.  I see the doctor on Thursday and I want to see a specialist to be sure, especially with my family history.  

Any advice..?  

Thanks :)

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Oct 2, 2012 05:31PM Kareywith3littlekittens wrote:

Wish I did have advice, but my situation is different. My youngest is 10 now!
I am sorry you are having these concerns when you should be able to enjoy your little one, but I think it's probably a good idea to see the dr at this point. While it is unusual for breast cancer to strike someone as young as you, it does happen and piece of mind is a beautiful thing. Besides, it sounds like something is making you feel under the weather and maybe they can get to the root of it.

Hope your wait here is quick and peaceful.


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Oct 2, 2012 06:27PM izzyant88 wrote:

I hope so too..  The more I read on here the more disturbed I am.  Especially in the pain & symptoms threads.  I do have an ache there that comes and goes.  And many women reported extreme fatigue beyond just being tired - and unlike anything they have felt in their life.  This is where I am at right now.  The smallest tasks are impossible.  Also many women reported previous swelling & pain in their lymph nodes under their their arms YEARS prior.  This happened to me as well about 6/7 years ago.  I had it checked out and they said I should keep an eye on it. I never had any more pain and forgot about it.  Also I see alot of women who reported thyroid issues which I also had.  Hmmm..  All something to think about ..

I will definitely push for an ultrasound / mammogram / biopsy..  I defintely want to know for sure..  How common are false negative biopsies..?  I've been reading on here alot today and it seems that can happen quite often actually.

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Oct 2, 2012 06:42PM candid12 wrote:

I am going through a very similar situation. I am breastfeeding my 14 month old son and tend to not breastfeed as much on my right side, I also have two lumps that developed in my breast over the past few months. One is about the size of a walnut and the other a size a pea. I was hoping that the lumps would go away on their own, I've had lumps in the past that have gone away after a few weeks but none have never stayed for more than a few months. I am pretty nervous about this myself since I have a history of breast cancer in my family as well, my mother was diagnosed and passed away from breast cancer several years ago, so I compleletly understand your feelings of anxiety. I plan to see my OBGYN in the next few weeks about my breast lumps and am hoping that it is only blocked milk ducts. In my opinion, it's better to be safe than sorry. I just wanted to respond to your post to let you know that you are not alone in what you are experiencing, maybe knowing that you're not alone will alleviate some of your worries. Below is a link that I recently came across about breast cancer and pregnancy that sparked me to make an appt with my doc. Let's hope for the best for both of us!


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Oct 2, 2012 06:48PM MiniMacsMom wrote:

Sorry this is short. From my phone will type more tomorrow. I was where you are last October... I can only hope yours is negative. But if its not its still doable and with kids too. Ask for a diagnostic scan so you get the results right away from the radiologist... you won't have to wait. And if it is BC, which again I hope its not, then try to be prepared to be your best advocate and get a second or third opinion at a major medical center. To answer ur other question I think most task neg are when the tumor is small and hard to find. IF ur mass is palpable then the poor results are much lower.

Diagnosis: 10/25/2011, IDC, 9cm, Stage IIIa, Grade 3, 4/15 nodes + Rotter's Node, ER+/P+-, HER2-, BRCA 2+
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Oct 2, 2012 07:24PM izzyant88 wrote:

What exactly do you mean by a diagnostic scan..?  Ultrasound? MRI?

Luckily I live in Los Angeles and found on this website that one of the best centers is the UCLA Revlon Breast Center so I think I will be going there for my imaging.


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Oct 3, 2012 12:13PM MiniMacsMom wrote:

When my Dr order a scan for me they order a diagnostic mammogram and us on so the radiologist looks at the scan right there. As far as i know there are no diagnostic mris. My mom had to wait two weeks for her mammogram results, I find out right away. Especially with the us. Usually the tech does the prelim scan and a Dr will come in and finish it. That way thereis no waiting or anxiety! You find out right away and if u do need a bbiopsy they can usually do it without rescheduling you. If you are nursing they will most likely send u for an us. Yay for being near a great center! That's awesome.

When is your appt? Keep us updated.

Diagnosis: 10/25/2011, IDC, 9cm, Stage IIIa, Grade 3, 4/15 nodes + Rotter's Node, ER+/P+-, HER2-, BRCA 2+
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Oct 4, 2012 08:40AM ashes13d wrote:


This is my story exactly! I have an 8 week old and noticed a small lump about 4 weeks ago. I started to feel mastitis symptoms but a day later it went away. Well I noticed the lump was still there but the pain and illness was gone. I'm nursing so I ignored the lump assuming it was just a plugged duct. Well last weekend the mastitis came back bad. I get antibiotics at emerg and as I was leaving they said they also scheduled me for a u/s. My lump is about the size of a kiwi but it goesn't hurt and it is almost right under my nipple. I have my u/s and mam next Tues. I don't think it could be cancer only because the lump grew so fast and most people seem to have things no larger then a grape. Any other information on size of lumps?

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Oct 25, 2012 04:52PM nikkidonahue wrote:

I hope the previous posters will post an update soon.  I was breastfeeding my 1-month-old son in May 2009 when I noticed a large lump.  I assumed it was a clogged duct and so did my OB's office when I went in.  They gave me some ideas on how to unclog it and said come back in a week or two if it didn't go away.  It didn't.  At the 2nd appointmnent I was referred for an U/S. The doc who looked at the U/S said it could be a clogged duct, a benign lump, or cancer.  Finally had a biopsy and it was indeed cancer.  My tumor was huge - like 4 inches across. Between bf'ing and very large breasts, honestly I didn't notice it until that day in May.  I never did breast self-exams during pregnancy due to the tenderness.  At my first prenatal appointment they did a breast exam and there was nothing, so the tumor was extremely fast-growing. The good news is, the fast-growing ones respond very well to chemo.  I did go through chemo, radiation and a mastectomy, but 3 years later I am here to tell the tale, and I am also 5 months pregnant with another son! 

Diagnosed 6/17/09, 7x9cm tumor, 4 tx Cytoxan/Adriamycin, 12 tx Taxol, Bilateral Mast w/right lymph nodes removal 12/1/09, Post-surg pathology CLEAR - Praise God!, Rads 1/25/10-3/18/10, 28 reg/5 to scar.

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