Palpable lump doesn't show on mammogram, ultrasound, or MRI.

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Alcie
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   Posted 5/18/2010 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone else had one of these?  It's on the same side as my tumor was.  It may or may not be growing.  It's not very hard, but roundish and firm. 
 
Should I be pushing for biopsy?  Just wait and see?
Alcie
 
 


barkyboys
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   Posted 5/18/2010 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
It could be any number of things, such as a fibroadenoma or a pseudolump (I had one of these on my remaining breast). With a history of breast cancer, I would personally want a biopsy. I would definitely have it checked out by the oncologist.

Take care of yourself!

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Alcie
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   Posted 5/19/2010 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Onc won't have anything to do with it, neither will gyne. I did get a new surgeon (old one moved too far away), but he says just to get another mammogram in 6 months and see him then. I was hoping he would biopsy. Since this is the cancer breast and has had 65 grays rads and a year of AIs, I'm hoping it is benign. He thinks it is but didn't have a name for it.

I do appreciate the info about pseudolump and fibroadenoma. I will do more searches. I read tons of medical stuff when I get something. It really helps me relax even if surgery is called for. If I know what to expect I'm not scared.

Thanks again!
Alcie
 
 


barkyboys
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   Posted 5/19/2010 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
When I had my lump in the remaining breast, the onc told me she didn't think it was anything, I'd just had a mammogram and it was clean (Of course, I'd already had two cancers that were missed on mammogram, so that was little comfort). I went to my surgeon. He didn't think it was anything, either. However, he then added, "I think you've heard that before, though, and it turned out to be cancer. So let's just go ahead and do a biopsy." Let me tell you, there is great comfort in that little scar that got me a "benign" dx! And I'm so glad he didn't object to doing a biopsy, because that was the only thing that would have assured me that it was "nothing."

I didn't have radiation, but I guess it can cause all kinds of changes in the structural tissue of the breast. But if you're doing breast exams and know your breasts, I would think the doctors would listen if you tell them something has changed!



Take care!
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Lmmackey
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   Posted 5/19/2010 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Alcie,

I, too, would go for the biopsy. Although not always painless, it is much less painful than finding cancer in 6 months. Given any history of breast cancer I am of the belief that one should follow through with as much diagnosis as possible. I've seen too many friends wait and have problems and/or cancer again. Just my 2 cents. Good luck!!

Lauré
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Alcie
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   Posted 5/19/2010 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for the info. Since I can't convince anybody right now to do a biopsy, I'm forced to just monitor the lump myself until the next mammogram. I can't understand how something you can feel doesn't show up on mammogram, ultrasound or MRI!

I'm suspecting, after some cursory reading, that it just might be the suggested (above) pseudolump, maybe from fat necrosis. A cyst should have shown up on tests. I think it was first there shortly after the (single) lymph node removal (clean) and the radiation "therapy." I had methylene blue dye, which is noted for causing fat necrosis - which a webpage says may be a cause of pseudolumps. They're also supposedly caused by radiation. (I refused tats but got 3 permanent blue spots from the dye anyway.) Areola shrank to half or less thickness, nipple is hiding in there somewhere. I also got axillary cording from the rads. So pseudolump sounds reasonable. It's definitely not hard or immovable, so chance of being benign is higher.

If there's any change you can bet I'll squawk! There's no reason for any fuss about how to find it for a biopsy since it's near the surface and can be felt.
If anybody else has suggestions I'll look up anything I have to. I just don't have too many ideas or education on lumps.
Alcie
 
 

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