hard, unmoveable, pea size lump

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tinygina
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   Posted 4/10/2011 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 57, i found a hard, unmoveable, peas size lump in my right breast about a month ago.  I went for a mammogran almost 2 wks ago.  The clinic called and said it was neg.  How can they know tha,t without a biopsy?  My neice had the same type lump, they said it was neg.  She got a second opinion, they did a biopsy, to find that she had triple negative breast cancer, a rare, very agressive form of breast cancer.  Should i get a second opion?  I have heard of several others that had the same thing happen to them, then find out later, that it was breast cancer, but was very advanced before they found it, after being told it was neg.  I am very nervous.  I think a biopsy should be done to rule out cancer.  Im concerned that because the state is paying for the tests , since i have no health insur. they arent persuing it like they would if i had health insurance.

Poochiewoochie
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   Posted 4/10/2011 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   
tinygina said...
I am 57, i found a hard, unmoveable, peas size lump in my right breast about a month ago. I went for a mammogran almost 2 wks ago. The clinic called and said it was neg. How can they know tha,t without a biopsy? My neice had the same type lump, they said it was neg. She got a second opinion, they did a biopsy, to find that she had triple negative breast cancer, a rare, very agressive form of breast cancer. Should i get a second opion? I have heard of several others that had the same thing happen to them, then find out later, that it was breast cancer, but was very advanced before they found it, after being told it was neg. I am very nervous. I think a biopsy should be done to rule out cancer. Im concerned that because the state is paying for the tests , since i have no health insur. they arent persuing it like they would if i had health insurance.


This is what I have in my breast too. Luckily I am covered by my state's indigent care program and if any cancer is found I will be eligible for medicaid. If the mammogram that I had Thursday comes back negative I plan on seeing the doctor who did my endometrial ablation because he would be more willing to investigate it further than the women I see.

I would get a second opinion, Do you have a Community Health Center in your area? They usually go on a sliding fee pay scale so you might check into them.

How is your niece doing?

tinygina
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   Posted 4/10/2011 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
my neice had a double mastectomy (sp) she had chemo and radiation, and has new boobs. My sister 64, called 2 wks ago and said she has breast cancer, having a lumpectomy this week, then will have radiation. My daughter is having a mammogram and ultrasound this week for a lump in her breast. Hoping it is just scare tissue from a very severe mastitise infection when she was nursing her daughter 13 yrs ago. Too much of these scares going on right now, as we are trying to care for my mom who fell and broke her hip 3 wks ago. I figure its better to be safe than sorry. They told my neice hers was normal, then found the cancer when she had a second opinion.
so my brother made me promise to get a second opinion.

Yes we have a community health center, thats who im going through. I go to the doc tomorrow. And will request an ultrasound and biopsy, even if i have to pay for it. Better to be safe than sorry. My brother kind of scared me, telling me his daughter was told hers was neg. then found out it wasnt.

Thank you for talking to me. Trying to not say to much about it to my kids. So it is good to have someone to talk to.

Poochiewoochie
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   Posted 4/10/2011 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
If you don't mind me asking what state do you live in? Maybe there is some kind of program that can help. If you're low income you might even qualify for medicaid which you should check into if it comes back that you do have cancer. My sister has lymphona and she is on the last drug that they can give for it and if it stops working there is nothing else they can do.

I've read a lot of stories like your niece's. Sometimes these things don't even show up on Mammograms so it's always best to get a lump checked. That's why I'm calling my CHC tomorrow to see if I should wait till the Mammogram result is in that I had last Thursday or just come in and see him. I didn't discover the lump till last night. I decided to check myself from now on since the CHC people do a crappy job at breast exams. I had one three weeks ago and this lump is big enough for her to notice if she had done it properly.

Since you seem to have a family history I would demand the extra tests for peace of mind. Let me know what happens. Good luck:)

tinygina
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   Posted 4/11/2011 12:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I live in Oregon. The state program covers a mammogram, pap smear, things related to breast exams, and give me a physical. I go for the physical tomorrow. I am hoping if they find anything, they will put me on Oregon Health Plan, or or maybe medicaid. It took them a week to call me with the results of the mammogram. Gonna see if my moms doctor will see me, when we take her in on Thursday. Im not impressed with the care at the CHC. I will pay to have the biopsy, if i have to. I need to know! I have too much on my plate to have to deal with this unknown. I will let you know when i know more.

Thank you again, for you concern. Dont wait for them to call you, you need answers. If they dont do things like they should, go somewhere else. Im going to go to the other hospital for a biopsy. The tech. at the one i went to was so rude.
Please let me know what you find out. I will be praying for you.

Poochiewoochie
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   Posted 4/11/2011 1:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow-you're state sucks. Mine pays for surgeries(I had 3 last year) plus any other visits you have to make when you're sick. I only have to pay $15 for surgeries. The radiology places they send us to are so nice-I've never had a rude tech. The lady that did my Mammo was even apologizing for keeping me waiting. Even when I had my surgeries I couldn't have asked for nice people-they actually make the experiences more pleasant IMO.

The CHC has some people working for them that I've found to be indifferent though. I had to change one doctor because she wasn't following up on the meds she prescribed and kept telling me I had high arches when in fact it was arthritis. I had 2 surgeries last year to have bone spurs removed. I also have a co-pay cap of $120 so if I go over it all my healthcare is free for the rest of the year(I reached that last year)

I'm calling tomorrow for sure. I was still a little in doubt tonight so I did a BSE lying down with a pillow under me. I could really feel the lump and it's bigger than I thought. And REALLY hard.

I don't have a job since I am a caregiver so I can't afford to go somewhere else.

I'll be praying for you too.

barkyboys
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   Posted 4/11/2011 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow! Gina and Poochie, you seem to have found good support through each other. You can call the nearest komen foundation office to see if they can help with any services that you may need. Gina, especially in younger women (I'm assuming your niece is young), it is not uncommon to miss cancers on a mammogram. I had two different tumors in one breast, and I had a clean mammogram report. Fortunately, I had a PCP who insisted I see a surgeon for a biopsy. The older we get, the less dense our breast tissue, so cancers are easier to spot. I would urge you to have anything you are concerned about checked again. If there is a lump, there should be an answer as to what it is.

Hugs to you both...
BEV

Poochiewoochie
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   Posted 4/11/2011 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Any woman with dense breast should get an ultrasound. I'm 49 and my density is 51% to 75%. It's more common in younger women but I'm an example of the other ones that have the problem.

Gina how did it go today? I called and the nurse scheduled me to see the NP next Monday even though the Mammo came back cat 1 like yours. I'm sick of these people and told her I felt I got an inadequate BE on the 3/23.

Post Edited (Poochiewoochie) : 4/11/2011 7:45:44 PM (GMT-6)


tinygina
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   Posted 4/12/2011 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
The clinic called this am, i have a biopsy on the 19th at 1:00pm. But i have to pay for it, it isnt cheap, $2000. to $3000. But i figure it is a small price to pay, for my health. They will make payment arragements with me. too much cancer in my family to take a risk. Im also now borderline diabetic. Will bad news ever stop?!!

Thank you Bev. I will try to find a Womens Foundation between now and the biopsy. It would be awesome to find help for this.

Poochi, let me know how things go with your visit. Thanks for taking the time to chat with me.

Poochiewoochie
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   Posted 4/12/2011 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Let us know what happens Gina. It seems a shame you have to pay for something like that since there is a family history of the disease.

I went to the place today that did the mammo and asked for the film for all my mammos-I'm going to look for a radiologist that specializes in dense breast tissue. When I told them that I had dense breast and a lump and that I knew sometimes they don't show up on x rays she shook her head and said she knew. I'm also calling the director of the program that I am part of on Thursday to complain about the substandard care I've been receiving. When I went for my exam three weeks ago I didn't need a pap but she was supposed to do a pelvic exam which was as half-a-ssed as her breast exam. She didn't even look at my vaginal area-just had me spread my legs and she performed the part where she feels inside me from the side.


I'm also annoyed at them because my knee xray came back without an problems yet no one has called me to follow up in why I am having pain in the knee. I told them it wasn't in my joint yet he ordered an xray. Stupid, unqualified people there.

tinygina
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   Posted 4/13/2011 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Poochie,

I just want to wish you a wonderful day! We have to stand and fight for what we need.
Hugs,
Gina

Poochiewoochie
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   Posted 4/13/2011 11:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gina-thanks. I got my Mammogram films today-my breast are dense from the nipple to the back of them The only part that isn't is the area close to the surface.

You have a wonderful day tomorrow!

Cindy802
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   Posted 4/18/2011 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
There is no way I would let that lump stay in my body. I agree with you...how can they say if something is benign (neg), without a biopsy? I basically would demand that it be removed. Tell your doc you want it out. They will do it. I hope everything turns out well for you.
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Poochiewoochie
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   Posted 4/18/2011 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I had my appointment today with a nurse practitioner and here's what she said.


She THINKS the lump is breast tissue. She said that she THINKS it's that because of the way it keeps going in and out of the tissue around it. She said she also feels the same thing on the other breast which I don't even though she tried to show me. I know what I'm feeling. And I DON'T feel the same thing on the other breast.

She said that I have what she calls "donut hole" breast and that when I push in the tissue in the center area it collapses into something like a donut hole. She said what I was feeling was the tissue around the hole when I felt it. Problem is that the lump is on the outside of the nipple so I'm confused as to what the heck she is talking about. In other words, it's my breast tissue that is making the small hard lump I feel.

She also said I had very dense breast while she was examining me and that mammos do find small changes in breast tissue. I don't know if she's been keeping up on things but that's not what I understand.

I told the MA that they do bad breast exams and she got defensive and said that they know how to do them. I told her it should take longer than 15 seconds and she patronized me and said, we know how to do breast exams. I got myself so upset that my blood pressure was 170/100.

The problem today is that Nurses, Physicians Assistants and everyone else but DOCTORS are examining patients and making diagnosis these days. Since I don't have insurance it's hard to get a second opinion so I'm going to Planned Parenthood for a breast exam. I'm not going to tell them what the NP diagnosed me with and see what they say. It's going to cost $85 but at least I'll have peace of mind. After the substandard care I've been getting at the Community Health Center I have very little faith in them. An example is my knee. I told him the pain wasn't in my joint but he ordered and xray to see if it was arthritis. It came back negative but no one has called to say you need to come in to see what is causing the pain. I'm between providers now since mine left so I'm just going to wait.

Cindy802
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   Posted 4/18/2011 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes I wonder if they KNOW what they are feeling. When I found my lump, I went to a gyne I had never seen before. Mine wasn't available and I wanted in right away. Anyway, she felt the side with the lump and then felt my other breast and told me my other breast had lumps in it, as well. I thought both breasts were full of lumps. I was sent to mammo and the only lump in either breast was the one that I found. There were no other lumps.
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Poochiewoochie
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   Posted 4/18/2011 10:56 PM (GMT -6)   
They don't know I suspect. I go to the Community Health Center like Gina and we can't get second opinions so we are basically stuck. I have a discounted state medical program but regular doctors don't take it.

I've been feeling my breasts to see if I can feel the other lump that she says is there but I can't . Besides if I DID feel it before going I wouldn't have gone since it WAS in the other breast

In my case I have VERY dense breasts which makes it hard for mammos to pick up any growth.
Oh, she thinks it's breast tissue and she isn't worried but she wants me to keep an eye on it. Go figure.

Fry1313
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   Posted 5/22/2014 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys I am going through the same thing only thing is I'm 20 and the pea sized lump has grown to double the size. I have an ultrasound tomorrow and I'm beyond terrified. My mother had a cyst removed many many years ago and my cousin also had a benign cyst the size of a golf ball removed at 20. I'm worried that I might be the third times the charm girl ha!
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