Found another lump.....now what?

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MiaB
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   Posted 6/20/2005 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Last night while staying up late watching a movie alone I decided it was time to do a thorough SBE again ( I had only half heartedly done one since the BC diagnosis in Jan ) and I found a lump in the left breast!!!!!  BC was in the right breast and I am FREAKING OUT!  I don't know what to do, where to go and can't even think clearly today.  I have an appointment with GYN July 1st for annual and to discuss possible hyster.  But I know I will most likely get sent to a surgeon no matter who I see first, GYN or ONC.  My problem is I think I want someone else besides the surgeon who did my biopsy and partial mast.  He was ok and personable but didn't inform me of the exercises I should have done and also didn't tell me I now have about 7 or 8 metal clips in me from the lymph node removal.  I only learned that when I had x-rays done and the tech asked me if I had had a recent surgery under my arms.  My GP showed me the x-rays and I was floored by what I saw! 
 
This lump is about the same size as the other one was when I found it but it is on the bottom part of my breast about an inch or so below the nipple at 6 O'clock.  The cancer had been on the outer side of my right breast at about 10 O'clock position.  Since I had lobular I am very concerned.  Don't they say lobular has higher odds of recurring in the opposite breast?
 
I want them both off and done with it now.  I had been sitting on the fence about that since the diagnosis but now I know I don't want to deal with this every month, feeling for lumps and freaking out at everything.  I was very good at knowing the topography of my breasts before the BC now I question my ability to do the exams.
 
Sorry to ramble, I have been a "space cadet" all day (even sent my daughter to be with my ex-monster in law that I can't stand ((I think I coined that phrase by the way)) and it just now hit me to get on here and talk to all of you.  I can't believe that the stresss was so much that I forgot about my breast friends. 
 
Sorry, I do love you all.
 


Mia
 
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Post Edited (MiaB) : 6/20/2005 7:34:45 PM (GMT-6)


ardee
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   Posted 6/20/2005 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Mia,
I'm so sorry this has happened. Like MK says, best not to worry till you have something to worry about. Gail is with me and we are sending extra prayers your way in the hope that this is a very misplaced pork chop bone.

L&H,
Rita and Gail


JUJU8872
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   Posted 6/20/2005 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Mia,
I am new to this forum and am sorry for your news. Don't think of it as bad just yet.

By all means, you have every right to change surgeons if you want. Do not hesitate to tell either of your docs that you want a new surgeon. Talk with other women in your area with similar experiences and get the name of a good surgeon. Find someone that does Sentinel Node Biopsy if at all possible. If there are no positive nodes, this procedure (done with the mastectomy) will tell and it is the least invasive surgeries if this is what you have to go for. I had this done, but unfortunately I had 5 positive nodes so I had to go through everything.

Good Luck

Juju

Tavish
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   Posted 6/20/2005 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Mia---

I have been in your shoes, found a few lumps after my dx too. Because we are more vigilant and more aware of our breast lumps, I think we find more. After a few months of doing SBE's, you should feel more comfortable and more familiar with your breasts, I know i have a couple lumpy areas in my right (non ca) breast and I know what they feel like and where they are. the key is to get them checked out and assuming it is nothing, then get familiar with them and learn their texture, size, etc. If you get  bilateral mast, I would encourage you to wait till you are more calm, just so you don't act on emotion. You'll want to make a rational decision, not based on the fear of the moment. Hang in there....get these checked and then take time to decide what to do.

I too did not know that I had clips in my breast and I loved my 2 surgeons...I saw it in the first mammogram and learned it is quite normal.

Hugs,

Lori



Lmmackey
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   Posted 6/21/2005 5:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Mia,

Don't forget that your oncotype DX score indicates that you have such a low, low, low risk of recurrence (anywhere), so try not to worry yet. Remember, every month we have changes, and being still young like you are, your breasts still will tend to be lumpy. Have you been having caffeine lately? Caffeine is notorious for causing benign lumps in breasts. Hang in there. Find another surgeon if you want - you have to feel comfortable with your surgeon. Aside from not telling you everything, did you feel confident in your surgeon's abilities? Can you make an appointment to get in to him/her immediately? Or can you get in to any surgeon immediately?

I'll be thinking about you!!!!! And lots of prayers headed your way! Hang in there, and keep us posted!!!!

L&H,
Laure'
The finger of God touches your life when you make a friend.
----Mary Dawson Hughes---


Ynkefan31
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   Posted 6/21/2005 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Ditto what Laure has posted. I know that awful feeling all too well. Just know that I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers that this lump is nothing.

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gma
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   Posted 6/21/2005 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Gee Mia, I don't know what to say. Everyone else seems to have said it all. I hope by now that you have called and made an appointment. Are there breast specialists in your area? I would head in that direction, I think. My other thought is that it takes years for a lump to form, but then you mentioned lobular and how it mirrors in the other breast, that is also true. So I am really at a loss. I think I would have no problem having a bilateral and leaving it go. No reconstruction, no bras and all that, but then I am an old woman now. LOL. So I am going to suggest that you really delve into the information you can find, go to a specialist doctor and get advice and then think long and hard about what you want to do. If the Onco test shows you had a low possibiltiy of recurrence and you have lobular, that seems to me to be contradictory so I would really want some good answers there. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you find out what the heck is going on. Like Laure said it could be caffeine, but gosh do you have to go through this every time you overdo caffeine if you did. Shaking my head in confusion. Hugs MK


skeeter1
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   Posted 6/21/2005 11:27 AM (GMT -7)   

Mia,

I really don't have any advise to give you. I am pretty new at all of this. I understand how you must feel to find a lump after all you have been through. Its very scary, But like alot of the responses have said it could only be a lump and nothing more. I will have my fingers crossed for you and wish you the best, keep us posted and know you have people here to listen and support you as much as they can including me. ......skeeter1


wackygal
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   Posted 6/21/2005 1:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Mia- I can't offer much except a hug (((Mia))) and you know what to do... probably benign, but have a biopsy to be sure.... and if need be, I would definitely find another surgeon that you are 100% comfortable with. It could be that time of the month, or caffeine, as Laurie said. We are all here with you!! and sending strong thoughts your way. Personally I would give the green light to the mast., because I went that route, and so far it's been ok for me. Maybe you should consider that as a prophylactic measure? good luck, and keep us posted... i will say a special prayer for you tonite!
hugs
Stefanie
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jaaustin
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   Posted 6/21/2005 3:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Mia,
I didn't decide to have a proph. mast. on my "healthy" breast until my first mammogram after diagnosis. I was an absolute wreck and for me it just wasn't worth it to worry. If you think that having bi-lateral mast. will give you peace of mind, then do it. For now, try to stay calm, see a doctor that you can really love (by the way I ADORE my surgeon and he never mentioned the clips) and proceed with having this new lump checked out.
I wish you the best.
Julie
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Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
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MiaB
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   Posted 6/21/2005 4:22 PM (GMT -7)   

thanks everyone for all your loving words and comfort.  I haven't called anyone yet and most likely will wait until I see the gyn. next friday.  I'm hoping maybe it will just go away, maybe I imagined it or that it is nothing more than a lumpy boob!  But I will have it checked out and I am looking into info on proph. bilateral mast. with immediate reconstruction.  I just don't think having "my" breasts is worth all this stress.  I can have boobs that are made from my extra (and I have enough of that trust me) belly tissue.  Or I can get them in a box.  But watching my daughter watch me go through all this again will be torture that I cannot endure, at least right now so soon after the diagnosis, surgery and rads.

So I will keep you updated when I see the gyn.  And in the meantime I am looking for a breast specialist in the area.

Hugs to all and thanks again!

Love,


Mia
 
Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.


-Vesta M. Kelly


coopfesta
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   Posted 6/21/2005 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Mia:
 
I'm right here with you, girl.  I totally relate to the feelings you're having.  I forgot where you live, but I think it was Ohio.  If you didn't like the surgeon, definately talk to someone else.  I also don't trust my own SBE's  I couldn't feel the big lump I had, My husband found it.
 
I also considered a double mast.  Briefly.  Keep on talking, we'll listen, and Call a surgeon, don't wait on this one.
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius

Ellen


DiVanDyke
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   Posted 6/21/2005 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Mia,
Everyone has said all so well. I just want to wish the very best for you. When I had my recurrence, I was in such a hurry to get it out that I almost made a terrible mistake. At the last moment, I cancelled my surgery and found the best surgeon ever. Take time, check around, and possible you won't need any at all. Love, Di

tking
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   Posted 6/21/2005 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I will say that I wished that I had a bilateral mastectomy in 1996.  That wasn't that common in 96 though.  It surely would have saved me a lot of trouble last year when I had a recurrence on the other side.  I can say that I feel so much better without my old chest (it let me down).  If I had it to do over again, I would have tried my best to have a bilateral.  It's not worth the trouble having to think about it constantly.

Teresa King

Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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   Posted 6/22/2005 2:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Well let me throw in a hug and let you know I am thinking of you. Sending some Hugs Joyce
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