Concerns or being paranoid?

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Curiousone
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   Posted 3/14/2006 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been visiting the forum for a while and am simply in aww of the people here and admire the courage and strength of you all. I will apoligize in advance for the length of this post but I figured I would lay it all out in hopes somebody could enlighten me and ease my confusion and concerns.
 
I am a 40 year old woman with breast implants. I have a small history of BC in my family (grandmother mothers side) and a big history of other forms of cancer in my family again mothers side. I visited my OB for my annual exam and to discuss some problems I have been having with severely sore and swollen breasts. The soreness and swelling lasts 3 weeks out of the month and so far I have been attributing this to ovulation, (I had a partial hysterectomy due to fibroids that didn't show up on imaging either). During the exam my Dr. discovered a suspicious lump on my left breast just up from the nipple. The lump itself is not sore. My Dr. immediately referred me to a breast surgeon for follow up. Upon visiting the surgeon she too located the suspicious lump and advised that it didnt feel like a cyst. She ordered a mammogram and u/s both of which did not show anything suspicious however the radiology Dr. did feel the suspicious area and stated it had an edgy feel to it. He also stated it could be a fold in the implant. My surgeon called me and provided me with two options: I could just have the lump removed or we could keep an eye on it and follow up in three months.
 
My concern and question is this if there were something to worry about wouldn't it have shown up on the images? How accurate are mammograms and U/S on women with implants? Would I be acting a bit paranoid if I just went for the removal to see what it is or is this the kind of thing you monitor for the next several months. Guess you can kinda tell Im a little freaked out. Thanks for any help you can offer or even any similar situations such as mine.

jaaustin
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   Posted 3/14/2006 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the board. You are not paranoid. I think it would be very smart to have it out. That is the only way to know for sure - 100%. Obviously something is there, everyone can feel it. I had an area of cancer that didn't how on mamm. or u/s. Not trying to scare you, as 80% of lumps are benign, but I think you should not wait.

Good luck.
Julie
Do not go gentle into that goodnight,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
~Dylan Thomas


debbiR
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   Posted 3/14/2006 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello! I have to agree w/ Julie. It seems that each of the drs that you have seen have been able to find and feel the same lump. With a history of bc in your family, I would NOT wait. There have been many women that have either been given the choice to wait 3-6 months or told that the lump was nothing. You have done some research and I am glad that you feel comfortable to post here. I am sure that others will come along later and give their thoughts. Personally, I would want the peace of mind knowing that the lump has been removed and deal w/ the results.
 
Please let us know what you decide.
 
Hugs...Deb
 


gma
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   Posted 3/14/2006 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Remember early detection is a main key to fighting cancer of any kind. Not to say you have cancer for sure, but how do you know without removing the lump? It is better to be safe than sorry. A lumpectomy is easy surgery. I don't know what it would do to implants, but most anything can be fixed with plastic surgery now days. I vote with the definitely move on it nows.
Hugs MK


Curiousone
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   Posted 3/15/2006 6:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for your replies I an scheduling my appointment to have it removed today. I have also found a pea sized lump on just to the side of the nipple that I will be asking about as well. I am looking forward to some peace of mind. Thank you all so much again.

gma
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   Posted 3/16/2006 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Be sure to let us know when you get results. We like to celebrate good news and are hoping you will get some to share.

Hugs, MK


Tavish
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   Posted 3/16/2006 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
My cancer did not show on the mammogram, which was most likely due to my young age at the time...supporting the reason that mammos are not used routinely on women under 40, it just does not show everything. Keep in mind that probably all of us will recommend removal, it does not mean that we are more worried...just more aware of the "watch and wait" syndrome. 80% of lumps are benign, and not sure in the case of women with implants, but perhaps even a higher percent is higher?? They cannot tell anything by just how it feels, and the fact that it does not hurt means nothing either. A lumpectomy is a very easy procedure and well worth it when you get the all clear.

Keep us posted.
Lori


Curiousone
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   Posted 3/17/2006 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, Im scheduled for the removal on the 24th and just knowing that has eased my mind a bit and my Dr. told me that she feels my risk of it being cancerous is really low, 1-2%, which helped as well. Thank you all again and Ill keep you posted.

dorri
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   Posted 3/19/2006 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
You are doing the right thing. Better having the questionable removed instead of letting your imagination run wild. Take care....and all the best.


Curiousone
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   Posted 3/25/2006 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
First off I would like to thank all of the wonderful people who responded to my post as well as those who didn't. The removal went well the Dr. removed a mass the size of a kidney bean. After the surgery the Dr. said that she is 99.8% certain that it is not cancerous but she was still going to send it for testing. I can't tell you what a relief it was to hear that. Just thought I would update and thank you all again.

gma
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   Posted 3/26/2006 6:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Please come back and let us know the good news when you get it. We all love to cheer for good news!!! Hugs MK


Candy
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   Posted 3/27/2006 4:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I am excited about hearing definite news. Those kidney beans sure can be a bother. I am happy for your news.

Blessings,

Candy
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: if one falls down, his friend can help him up.  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
 


Curiousone
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   Posted 3/30/2006 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I want to thank you all for helping me through this difficult time. the results are B9 thank gawd!! It was fiberous tissue.

gma
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   Posted 3/30/2006 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Wonderful news!!! We are always glad to hear B-9!!!! Just remember to stay on top of your annual checkups and self exams and spread the word for others to do the same. Hugs, MK


debbiR
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   Posted 3/30/2006 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   

What wonderful news!!!!! As MK said, please continue to stay on top of your annual checkups. If you know of other women that need some support, we will be glad to help.

Again, congrats!

Hugs..Deb


 

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