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Jean in WA
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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 1/2/2009 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello has been a couple of years since I have posted to this site, and it was so helpful to me as I went through cancer treatment nearly four years ago. The problem now is that my oncologist found a small lump under my right arm last summer (my cancer was in the left breast) . He said to watch it...I couldn't even find it! But at the same time, a "bad" mammogram on the left showed the need for a surgical biopsy so I had that done (benign!) and an ultrasound on the right armpit lump. The doctors determined the lump to be a swollen lymph node and to just "watch it". It was checked by the surgeon in October and he was not concerned, and again by my oncologist in December who was not concerned. MY concern is that I can feel now, and I can easily find it and it is larger. My husband and I are going to see the Spokane oncologist who had given us a second opinion on chemo years ago. But, I just wondered if any of you have had a similar experience?? Thanks so much for your support...Jean In WA

Post Edited (Jean in WA) : 1/2/2009 12:13:29 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/2/2009 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jean! I've thought about you often wondering how you were doing. I can't give you any info as that has not happened to me, but I just wanted to wish you luck and say I am glad to hear you are going to Spokane for another opinion.
Please keep us informed on what he says.

  It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
Elisabeth Kubler Ross

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   Posted 1/3/2009 11:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jean! I'm also glad your getting a second opinion. You may be just fine, but I had a lump in my left breast that was real near my armpit. It grew real fast, so I went in to the regular doctor and he said he wanted it taken out even if it wasn't cancerous, because it was near my lymph nodes.  Well, it turned out that I had HER2 cancer, but no cancer in the lymph nodes. I had a lumpectomy, than chemo and now I'm having radiation. I will take Herceptin for a year. I'm doing fine. Going everyday for radiation gets old, but it doesn't hurt. I pray you don't have cancer, but just knowing what the lump is about will ease your mind. Hugs, Dee
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