Canceled my FNA/Biopsy...maybe I shouldn't have?

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momcat1962
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   Posted 7/17/2009 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,a ll...had a mammo with US (one side only) last month. They said they found 2 large cysts. "Simple". I was going to have them aspirated and biopsied, but canceled as the larger one started to decrease in size. Over my "period", by a day or so. (I had an ablation, and ovary removed in 2002 due to cyst issues, and so no REAL period anymore. Dr said I was perimenapausal 3 yrs ago.) Anyway, this AM I have a very small lump, tiny, in the armpit, same size as the breast in question. It is tender. Should I be concerned?? Was I wrong to cancel the aspiration? I can stioll feel the cyst, just smaller now. Back to being concerned. I have a history: 16 yrs of cysts, 1 benign lump removed, bloody discharge that was not confirmed to be "anything", and one breastcare DR said after an MRI, that my breasts have a lot of "sparkles"...is that calcifications? She never told me. Thanks for ANY words of wisdom..:) This is the only online board that is nice...breastcancer.org isn't... they don't reply unless you have been diagnosed.

gma
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   Posted 7/17/2009 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
We have a saying around here that tells you if you have a gut feeling about something it needs to be checked out. A hard nodule in the underarm could be a lymph node that is not a cyst! Calcifications could look like sparkles, but usually when they cluster or form patterns it means more than a starry sky kind of sparkle. For heaven's sake go back to the dr and get those tests done. For peace of mind if nothing else!!!! Let us know the results. Hugs MK


barkyboys
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   Posted 7/17/2009 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
You can have cysts in your armpit as well, but I agree with MK...have it looked at by a doctor. Have the biopsies. It could very well be nothing, but why take chances? I've had lots of cysts as well, all over the place, including breasts and armpits... and I've also had breast cancer with positive lymph nodes. I personally felt the difference in the breast lumps, but in the arm pits... I couldn't tell the difference between the cysts I'd had on and off for years and the cancerous nodes.

Hope it's nothing, but make sure!

BEV
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momcat1962
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   Posted 7/18/2009 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much, MK and Bev. Bev, your comment about not being able to tell got me...I will reschedule...
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