Topic: Hard, immovable lump against chest wall that wasn't cancer?

Forum: Not Diagnosed But Worried — For those who are experiencing symptoms or received concerning test results, but haven't been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2013 07:50PM

Posted on: Jun 18, 2013 07:50PM

Ticky85 wrote:

I'm new to this board, and hoping to find some relief from my anxiety..

A little bit of history...
3 years ago I found a lump in the upper right area of my breast (2 o'clock)... near the outer edge, against my chest/breast bone... I was 25 at the time, so not overly concerned, but I mentioned it to my OBGYN at my annual physical that year. He was able to feel it to, although it wasn't particularly big... so he suggested going to get a mammogram just to be on the safe side.
I had the mammogram done, and nothing showed up on it.. I'm not sure if that's because my breast tissue is denser being that I am in my 20's... or perhaps it was because of the location of the lump... more against my chest than in the middle of my breast which would show up easier on the mammogram??? I'm not sure..
Anyway, I was seen by a Dr at the breast care clinic who pretty much laughed at me and my OB for being concerned about nothing, and sent me on my way... I was annoyed, but figured because I was younger, it probably was nothing so I just forgot about it.
Over the past 3 years I have periodically kept watch on it.. for the most part it seemed to stay unchanged.. so I got comfortable with it being there and left it alone. It was painless and didn't bother me.

Fast forward to now.. I'm 28, and recently checked the lump again to discover that it seems to have gotten bigger... in my opinion, quite obviously bigger.. I don't have to feel around for it anymore.. it's just right there when I press at the location it's always been..
I immediately got worried.. because I presumed it would just continue to stay unchanged, and suddenly it's bigger...

I have an appointment with my new OBGYN (we've moved states so I had to get a new Dr) this Friday, but like a fool, I began to google breast lumps..and to my horror, the way my lump could be described fits the 'cause for concern' description of every cancer website I've looked at... "hard, immovable, painless lump that feels attached to the chest wall"

I've tried to find any other diagnosis that fits that description, but nothing else i can find fits... cysts are movable and 'softer' etc etc...

MY QUESTION: Has anyone else had a hard, immovable, painless lump near/against their chest wall that turned out to be something benign? What was the diagnosis....?

Any information you can offer would be great... I can't help but feel terribly worried this time round, because if it is cancer, I know that I've had it for at least 3 years undiagnosed... and that petrifies me, because who knows how much it may have grown and spread in that time.. I have a 4yr old and a 21 month old and the mere thought of having advanced cancer, simply because I was laughed away after my mammogram 3 years ago makes me so mad, and just PETRIFIED of what it might be. Cry

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Feb 13, 2016 09:31PM - edited Feb 13, 2016 09:43PM by marie5890

Hi Kiersten and welcome.

Because of your age, it's more than mostly likely it's related to hormones, esp since the pain comes and goes. follow your Dr.'s advice. If it's still there, have it check out again, and know this. There are all kinds of lumps and bumps that can happen to our breast and have ZERO NADA ZILTCH to do with cancer.


A link for teenagers with breast concerns

Jan '11 Biopsy Dx-ed a PASH tumor (rare, but benign tumor)....All I ask is for peace and serenity to the depths of my soul. Makes the rest of life more live-able.
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May 24, 2022 01:35PM kennyodynasty wrote:

Ticky pls what was your result concerning this

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May 24, 2022 08:10PM rah2464 wrote:

kennodynasty the original poster started this thread in 2013 so they may no longer be active on the site.

Dx 5/23/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/27/2018 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction (Left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (Right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 7/27/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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May 24, 2022 08:12PM parakeetsrule wrote:

Ticky hasn't been here since 2013 so it's unlikely you'll get a response. If you have a question or concern it might help to start a new post! Or ask your question here.
Stage 2 at 37, Stage 4 at 41. Cancer is dumb. Cookies are good. Dx 3/21/2017, IDC, Left, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2- Radiation Therapy 11/6/2017 Whole breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 12/8/2021 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy 12/13/2021 Piqray (alpelisib) Dx IDC, Other, Stage IV, ER+, HER2- Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Lymph node removal (Left); Mastectomy (Left)

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