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Topic: Pea sized lump on the good side

Forum: Second or Third Breast Cancer — For those confronting a new primary diagnosis or undergoing treatment.

Posted on: Dec 6, 2021 08:46AM - edited Dec 6, 2021 08:47AM by sunshinegal

sunshinegal wrote:

Well, good grief. I'm 6+ months out of lumpectomy/radiation for a chest wall recurrence, currently taking lupron & letrozole, and just tonight felt a pea sized lump on my good (prophy mx) side. Seriously??

I'll call my good doctors tomorrow and get it checked, but is my luck really that bad? My PET/CT in April showed absolutely nothing on the left side.

I just can't think of what benign condition it might be, given the lack of breast tissue...

Dx 10/7/2010, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+ Dx 3/22/2021, IDC, Right, <1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
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Dec 6, 2021 12:37PM MountainMia wrote:

Good that you're going to contact the doc tomorrow. Can your luck be that bad? I hope not! But unfortunately, it is possible. Please check back and let us know what you find out.

The rain comes and the rain goes, but the mountain remains. I am the mountain.
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Dec 10, 2021 12:58AM sunshinegal wrote:

I had an ultrasound this morning and am having a biopsy on 12/16. At this point I'm pretty certain it's going to be another cancer... I mean there's no real breast tissue left for it to be any of the benign conditions. US doc didn't share the BIRADS number with me but I'm keeping my eye on the portal for her notes to be uploaded.

If I'm right, then it will be a new primary, correct? (Just wanting to confirm that there's literally no way for the cancer on the right side to metastasize over to the left breast.)

At that point I'll be a 3 time winner of the cancer lottery: two primaries and one recurrence. Jeeze.

Dx 10/7/2010, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+ Dx 3/22/2021, IDC, Right, <1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
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Dec 10, 2021 01:19AM Spookiesmom wrote:

Happened to me. Found pea size lump in nodes 7 years later on “good” side. Traveled through lymph system. Slash, burn, on ibrance and letrozole now, doing well.

First time IDGgrade 3, stage 3. Second time, found lump myself. That made me stage 4. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Dec 10, 2021 07:04AM sunshinegal wrote:

It's BIRADS 4-C.




Dx 10/7/2010, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+ Dx 3/22/2021, IDC, Right, <1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
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Dec 10, 2021 11:56PM sunshinegal wrote:

Hi spookie,

Thanks for weighing in. Were the hormone receptors in the lymph nodes different or the same as the primary tumor?

Yesterday my MO's NP hedged when I asked if it would be considered a new primary, but either way it seems like it will be bad if this new one is also ER+ since I've been on lupron/letrozole for 3 months. Assuming it's cancerous, she said MO will make a plan to treat it (excision for sure), and she alluded to a different systemic treatment. Would this make me stage 4? Shoot.

Dx 10/7/2010, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+ Dx 3/22/2021, IDC, Right, <1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
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Dec 11, 2021 12:16AM exbrnxgrl wrote:

sunshinegal,

I’m so sorry that you are going through this and as we all know, the waiting for definite answers is the worst. Let me set your mind at ease on one point. Stage IV, or metastatic breast cancer, refers to breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast (typically lungs, liver, brain or bone). Cancer in the contra lateral breast is not metastatic because it is still in the breast. Cancer confined to the breast, new primary or a recurrence, is not metastatic and cannot kill you. Take care.


Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 11/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/21/2011 Bone Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2014 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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Dec 11, 2021 12:18AM sunshinegal wrote:

Thank you for that reminder, exbrnxrl! Trying to keep this all in perspective...

Dx 10/7/2010, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+ Dx 3/22/2021, IDC, Right, <1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
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Dec 22, 2021 11:43PM sunshinegal wrote:

Just got my biopsy results, and it is fat necrosis! I'm genuinely surprised as I was bracing for another dx. Hallelujah!

Dx 10/7/2010, DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+ Dx 3/22/2021, IDC, Right, <1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
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Dec 23, 2021 10:56PM Salamandra wrote:

Yay!!! That is excellent news - PHEW!!!

Dx at 39. 1.8cm. Oncotype 9. Dx 9/19/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 10/18/2018 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 11/1/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 12/3/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/19/2019 Fareston (toremifene)
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Dec 24, 2021 01:17AM Aram wrote:

sunshinegal, great news! That is one of the best holiday gifts one might get!

Dx at 40, BRCA1 Dx 2/5/2021, IDC, Left, 3cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Dx 2/5/2021, IDC, Left, 1cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Chemotherapy 3/9/2021 AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy 6/1/2021 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 6/2/2021 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery 10/6/2021 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)

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