Male with breast lump

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wierdsituation
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   Posted 4/14/2010 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
This is a wierd one, I think. I'm in my early 60's and dound a lump beneath my right nipple in January. I just went in for a mamo yesterday and they followed that with ultrasound. Then recommended a biopsy.  All this after the doc told me I needed to lower my blood pressure. Nothing like a biopsy recommendation to help the blood pressure! I'm more than a little shaken up by this. // K

Superbigmac
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   Posted 4/14/2010 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Most lumps in men are due to gynecomastia. Usually from medications, marijuana in past, or steroids, etc. Alot of times, it's hard to tell gynecomastia from a true lump on ultrasound, and many get biopsied. So don't worry. (If you're on blood thinners or have a contraindication to biopsy, I may question the need for biopsy or get a second opinion. Otherwise, get the biopsy at least for peace of mind. goog luck!

barkyboys
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   Posted 4/14/2010 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   
You are so right, K... there is nothing like all that testing, recommendation for a biopsy, and then telling you to lower your blood pressure! LOL Do you have a family history of breast cancer, in men especially, but women as well? Have you scheduled your biopsy yet?

BEV
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wierdsituation
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   Posted 4/15/2010 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm supposed to meet with the surgeon tomorrow morning to go over my options on the kind of biopsy. I just want it over and done with so I'm hoping he'll put me on the table and do it immediately. If he can test it then and there and finds it's cancer, then take out whatever he needs to take out immediately, and close me back up and tell me what kind of followup treatment I need. I don't want this thing to drag on and give me more gray hairs than I allready have.

wierdsituation
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   Posted 4/15/2010 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Just a post script to BEV, I forgot to mention, the only one in my family I'm aware of that's had breast cancer is a cousin (female). No men that I know of, and no other women. In face, cancer of any kind, other than skin carcinoma, is rare in my family.

wierdsituation
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   Posted 4/16/2010 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Just had the needle biopsy today and was told results will be in Monday or Tuesday. Immediately went home and had a couple of stiff drinks. It's going to be a long weekend. The doctor says that, for males, if it's positive they'll do a radical, and take everything. I don't mind the scar, I just want to get it over and done with.

lemonz
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   Posted 4/16/2010 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I have always had a standing joke when my husband talks about his prostrate exams, how he does not have to endure a mammo. Well just before Christmas he had to have one and also an ultra sound. He had a tumor removed and it was B9 thank goodness. Of course removal, just before Christmas and results were after, made for a very long holiday. I have always said if it had to be one of us with cancer thankgoodness it was me. This is the second scare he has had. The ladies have been teasing him about feeling left out when we talk about mammos, he just wanted to fit in. Thankfully I am married to a man with a great sense of humor. I hope you are as lucky as he has been.
                                                   Best of wishes and lots of luck,
                                                    Lemon
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wierdsituation
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   Posted 4/19/2010 4:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks. It's been a very long weekend but I should have the results today or tomorrow. If it's positive, then I'll just have to get it out ASAP and start treatment and get on with life. I've got an awful lot to live for so I don't plan to let this get me down, no matter what the results. Plenty of others have gotten through this and so will I.

postal2
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   Posted 4/19/2010 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Praying for B-9 results for you. Please let us know. {{{Hugs}}}

Gail
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                                    The DEVIL say's,
 
                                "Oh crap!  She's up!!


wierdsituation
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   Posted 4/20/2010 4:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the encouragement and prayers. It's Tuesday morning now and still no results. Hopefully today will be the day. One way or the other, I'll be allright. Either the results are negative or I get the thing taken out and take the necessary treatments. I keep saying to myself, "Cancer free, or soon will be"! //Bob

Lmmackey
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   Posted 4/20/2010 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hoping for B9!!!!

Lauré
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wierdsituation
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   Posted 4/23/2010 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Well the results, unfortunately, were positive. Small lump, definately a carcinoma. They'll be notifying me today of when to get blood work, etc and when to enter the hospital. I told the doc I'm ready right now. Just put me on the table and break out the knives. Hoping it's not too extensive. My wife has a cousin who was diagnosed stage IV 6 years ago and is still doing fine so that gives me some inspiration. I'm just going on with my Summer plans, outlining my vacation and everyting,as if none of this was going on. Won't let it screw up my life.

JUJU8872
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   Posted 4/23/2010 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I am sorry to hear your diagnosis, but you have the correct attitude. Stay in touch and tell us how you are doing. Everyone here will endeavor to help answer any questions you might have.

postal2
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   Posted 4/24/2010 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I am sorry to hear is it positive. I do believe though, that your good attitude will help you through this. As Juju said, keep in touch, we are here for you and will be, throughout your journey if you let us. Any help we can give!

Gail
  Be the kind of woman that when you feet hit the floor in the morning,
                     
                                    The DEVIL say's,
 
                                "Oh crap!  She's up!!


Lmmackey
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   Posted 4/24/2010 3:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Bob, This is unfortunate news, but keep in mind that it may have been caught early and you won't be a stage IV, although stage IV is very treatable these days and your cousin is proof. You have the right attitude, but DO let yourself be upset, mad, or otherwise expressive so you don't bottle anything up inside. ANY cancer diagnosis sucks! It just does, and it's alright to let that in early on. I'm 5 years out and still have my moments of anger at the whole situation. Please keep in touch with us and let us know what's going on! We would like to support you in any/all ways that we can! Perhaps one of us lives in your area and we can give more support. Just hang in there and try to take some time each day just to relax.

My thoughts and prayers will be with you!
Lauré
The finger of God touches your life when you make a friend.
----Mary Dawson Hughes---

Post Edited (Lmmackey) : 4/24/2010 4:27:40 PM (GMT-6)


Jorita
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   Posted 5/11/2010 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bob, How are you doing?Keeping you in our prayers. I to have had breast cancer and am doing really well.  You are not alone.

Heli-Pilot
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   Posted 5/23/2010 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello there Bob,
 
You and I have the distinction of being male breast cancer survivors.  In my case I had to see four different Doctors before one of them would take me seriously.  I got these smirking chuckles followed by "you're just getting old and growing boobs...."  Got tired of that very quickly and moved on to the next Doctor.
 
I found a lump behind my left nipple in Oct 2006.  Saw the fourth Doctor and by Dec 2007 the tumor was nearly one inch in diameter. Mamo, followed by needle-core biopsy: 25 Jan 08 diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma; Stage 2, Grade 3 [very aggressive].  On 1 Feb 08 = Modified radical mastectomy left breast; 2 of 14 lymphnodes were cancerous.  Chemotherapy began 28 Feb [three-drug cocktail] of "TAC" at maximum dosage tolerated for 6 cycles spaced 3 weeks apart.
 
At that time I was 62 years old just as you are.  The Chemo wiped me out; my white blood cell count went literally to "zero".  I was admitted to the hospital and put in reverse isolation ....... I did not wear a face mask, but everyone coming into my room were masked to prevent infecting me.  I lost 26 pounds in 30 days.  Chemo # 6 put me back into the isolation thing again.
 
I lost every hair on my body.  I said to others that "I'm a hairless Chihuahua ...."
 
I am today in remission.  I elected not to have radiation therapy.  Instead I had the other breast removed.  My theory is "Less breast tissue equals less chance of reoccurrence of the cancer.  Also, too many side-effects with radiation to suit my taste.
 
It took about 12 months from finishing Chemo to begin thinking better, more sensible.  Chemo-brain was a serious problem for me.  The Mod-Radical Mastectomy was a shock to my sensibilities.  To wash the scar in the shower made me have the urge to vomit.  There were very serious nerves that were cut, and badly distorted signals were getting through to my brain.  It has become less of a problem over time.
 
Now I understand what the ladies meant about menopause and hot-flashes.  I am taking Tamoxifen daily, a hormone blocker, that gives the same  hot-flashes.  Oh well, there is a 50% reduction of cancer coming back while on this medication for 5 years; then switch a different blocker.
 
If I can help out with anything you might question about your situation, I'll help you find the answer if I don't already know it.
 
You're not in this alone, Bob.  We are here to ease your mind and lift you up as you go thru this life-changing experience.  Keep us posted about your progress, please.
 
 
God Bless,  Jim
US Army (retired)

Post Edited (Heli-Pilot) : 5/25/2010 7:30:14 AM (GMT-6)


barkyboys
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   Posted 5/25/2010 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Bob and Jim, my brother had prostate cancer, and he has cold flashes! Pretty much the opposite of me! LOL

Jim, I want to thank you for posting here. It is rare that we have gentlemen come here, unless it is in support of a spouse. So your input is greatly appreciated! So glad you are doing well! I hope you will not be a stranger.

Hugs....
BEV
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Heli-Pilot
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   Posted 11/24/2010 8:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi again folks.
 
I thought that since this male breast cancer thing is so relatively rare, I would give an update.
 
Yesterday my oncologist and I discused the results of my CT and bone scans.  This was the first series since August 2008.  I had completed chemotherapy on Jun 12 2008 (no radiation).
 
2 1/2 years .......... and so far, so good.
 

God Bless, Jim

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Post Edited (Heli-Pilot) : 11/24/2010 9:17:26 PM (GMT-7)


barkyboys
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   Posted 11/25/2010 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations, Jim! Thanks for the update. Hope your news continues to be good in the years to come.

BEV
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