Swollen Lymph Node in Mammogram

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hartwestfam
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   Posted 3/23/2005 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a mammogram last Friday - they called me back, took more pictures and said I have a large dense mass - but the radiologist said given his experience that it looks like a swollen lymph node and looks benign.  I asked him how he could tell....he said that he is 80% sure it's benign so a biopsy is not needed.  Maybe I'm nuts..but I'm worried about the 20%...how can he be so sure?  Can these radiologists know for sure like this?  I'm a single mom of two boys 14, and 12 - My oldest is autistic and I've had to quit work to care for him full time so I only have medical.  Could this be an issue  Has anyone else had only a swollen lymph node that's okay?
 
I'm a little scared.... Please advise

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   Posted 3/23/2005 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hartwestfam,
Sorry you are in this situation, but you are RIGHT. The ONLY way they can tell 100% is a biopsy. They can give educated guesses, and many times are correct, BUT sometimes as we on this board know all too well, they are wrong. Please insist on a biopsy. If they say no, find another DR. It is not worth taking the chance, especially when you have kids. It is 80% chance it is benign, but you need to know for sure.
I know otheres here are going to tell you the same thing. Probably most if not all. You are sure to get more responses.
We are here for you no matter what, so please take a deep breath and come back, ok? Their also may be one of us near you, we are all over the place.
Hang in there sweetie, and keep in touch, L&H, Gail
 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


MiaB
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   Posted 3/23/2005 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh hartwestfam please get a second opinion.  He may very well be right but I wouldn't rest until you have that confirmed.  I feel compelled to tell you my story yet I don't want to scare you only enlighten you.
 
I had a lump got a mam, tissue was too dense to see anything.  So they did an ultrasound and the radiologist said the same thing to me.  They thought it was just a lymph node.  Surgeon didn't see it that way and did the biopsy anyway.  Thank God.  It was lobular carcinoma stage I.
 
So please, please call another another dr and ask for their opinion.  You owe it to yourself and those precious boys.  And please keep us informed of what happens.  We care and will be there for you in any way that we can.  Also if let us know where you are there might be someone close by.  I met someone within 15 miles of me in just 2 days on here.  She is a 20 year survivor and my inspiration.
 
With prayers and comforting hugs,
Mia
 
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gma
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   Posted 3/23/2005 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
OH I get so angry at these doctors who play guessing games. You don't know how many times we have heard from women telling us this story. I have no idea what percentage was in error, but believe me I would not take a chance. A biopsy is the ONLY way to be sure. Radiologists are good, but they are better when they are seeing suspicious for Cancer. This way they don't sway someone to do nothing. Would he have his wife ignore this problem? I think not. Please insist on a biopsy or at the very least get a couple more opinions. Mia just had the same experience as she told you. So have others. Most lumps are benign, but you need to be sure it is benign not guessing. Hugs of welcome, Mary K. (MK)


Tavish
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   Posted 3/23/2005 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Shame on that doctor for being 80% sure and dismissing it. That is not good enough for your peace of mind nor for your health. 80% of breast lumps are benign, so odds are always in your favor...but there is no way to know for sure from just a mammogram. The most logical next step would probably be an ultrasound then a visit to a surgeon...with the mammo films, the u/s films and the reports. From films they can see traits of what might be cancer or not, but it is just an image...not a sure thing.
You owe it to yourself to get a second opinion. Please stick around and let us be there for you, and let us know when you get the all clear.
Lori


hartwestfam
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   Posted 3/23/2005 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all so much for your support - I was guessing what you have already been saying - It's this Medi-Cal thing..and I have already been known as a "Squeaky Wheel" around here due to my son's autism......Here?  Grass Valley in California- in the foothills above Sacramento..above and to the left on the way to Lake Tahoe - It's just that I have this "feeling.instinct"....I wish I didn't..so I'll keep pushing.  I called my "primary Physician..actually a Nurse Practioner"...no call back...I know it will be up to me..and then an uphill battle...so thank you again..I will be relentless...It's just I'm already tired from fighting for my son...(Oh..put down the violins...) my younger son also has a heart condition...Quite the threesome we are..but there's more love in this apartment, and that's more than something....and we're waiting for the weird snow storm that's coming tonight...one day at a time....thanks again - M

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   Posted 3/23/2005 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi M, I am coming in late on this subject, but I concur with everyone else. Get some answers, not guesses. 80 percent of breast lumps are not cancer, but for those of us who have been diagnosed, it was 100 percent. So much for odds and statistics. Sounds like you have a really full plate as a single mom. Know that you are welcome here any time to share your concerns regardless of the topic. We support anyone who walks through our door. Hope you dodge the snowstorm. Hugs, Lauri
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ardee
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   Posted 3/24/2005 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi M,

You got a lot of good advice. A biopsy is definitely in order. Please let us know what happens. You're in my prayers.

Hugs,
Rita


tking
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   Posted 3/24/2005 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I would agree with the other advice.  Biopsy is the only way to know for sure.  I had a lump that they said was more than likely benign - come back in 6 months.  I did and ended up with a mastectomy and 4 positive lymph nodes.  Better safe than sorry!!!!!!!  Good luck and tell your doctor you want to know for SURE!!!

Teresa King

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hartwestfam
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   Posted 3/25/2005 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Marlyssa here - I am STILL waiting for my Primary Physician - actually a nurse practioner to call me back regarding my desire for a second opinion. So I called around and paid at Kaiser at their Breast Center and had an exam and a consult. No one had done a breast exam on me either! After reading the radiologists report and her exam, and hearing my limitations with medi-cal, she suggested asking for an ultrasound, and then having another mammogram in 6 months. I have to tell you that she was very positive, and said based on the report too that it looks good, but for peace of mind ask for the ultrasound. I have a very little chance of any of this happening, test wise though with this "Practioner"...and the 185.00 it's going to cost me for the Kaiser visit is all I can afford. I will keep you posted, and again, thank you so very much for your prayers and help. I appreciate it more than I can say.

gma
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   Posted 3/27/2005 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
You know what? I think I would find another primary physician's office. You get to choose there and it seems like the ones you have just are not caring enough. Don't know if the Practioner is a female or not, many are, but I doubt if it were her mammogram and report she would ignore it and be so lackidaisical. It is rather comforting that a second opinion still thinks things "could" be ok. Gees, at a Breast Center you would think they would help you a little more than telling you to ask for an ultrasound. I would also send the bill to my insurance company and complain that my primary physican was not responding and you were so concerned you paid for a second opinion yourself. Document, document, document. Because if in a chance you are diagnosed with breast cancer later, you have proof that you were treated with a lack of concern. Also get a copy of the report from the doctor you paid, written report. You paid for it, you should have it in writing. Hugs and prayers they are correct. MK


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   Posted 3/28/2005 9:51 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi M! I am sitting here, like the other ladies, furious at the treatment that you have received. The first surgeon that I saw treated me with disregard and disrespect. I didn't care how good a reputation he had, there was no way he was going to touch me! I called and sit up a 2nd opinion with another surgeon. I had NO insurance at the time of my diagnosis. The surgeon that I chose as well as my oncologist both told me NOT to worry about it. I would be treated well and I have been. Please, please please call and make an appt with another surgeon or oncologist. Get the 3rd or 4th opinion of an expert. Also, find you another family dr..even if it is just for yourself. Sweetie, I know how tired you are but you are the only one that can take the steps to make sure you are ok. Those precious son's of yours need their mommy to continue to be there giving all of that love. We are all here for you.

Hugs....deb

P.S. I love Tahoe and the area around there but only in the summer. I am NOT a winter person. Hate snow. lol


 


hartwestfam
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   Posted 3/29/2005 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone - the ultrsound WAS denied - based on the radiologists report that the lump is benign. I was told that this nurse is going on vacation in a week, and to try with someone else. So that is what I am going to do. I was in the ER last night, I'm suffering from post-concussion syndrome still from my son's last violent outburst on Valentines Night - so I asked them for advise - gave me a list of doctors who take medi-cal - only one office and it's the same one - but a couple new names -so that is now the game plan - thank you again for all your support -

postal2
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   Posted 3/29/2005 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Marlyssa,
What the heck is wrong with this system? Do not give up, please. Anyone in the medical profession should know darn well that the radiologist cannot be sure about your lump being benign! It makes me so mad! If it was his wife, you know d@mn well that he would say get it checked more.
My bother lives in Placerville. He was in Citrus Heights for a couple of years as his wife was ill and they needed to be closer to Sacramento.
I will be praying for you to get the proper tests. Hang in there sweetie, and keep on fighting. L&H, Gail
 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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