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Susiebuddy
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   Posted 10/27/2007 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello again ladies... I'm a member and post on the Ulcerative Colitis Board. I posted here a while back when I found a lump in my breast and it fortunately turned out to be B9. Well, I found another lump and went in for the mammo and ultrasound and they told me they couldn't find anything. The lump is still there, even my dr could feel it, so I was told to watch it for a month and to quit drinking caffiene... (OH GOSH, that was hard to hear)... LOL.. I am in my peri-menopause and my breasts were swollen and sore when they did the mammo and ultrasound. Would that have an effect on them not seeing anything? I'm just curious.... and definately keeping my eye on this one...  Thanks for any replies :)

P.S... I forgot to add that the radiologist told me that just because they couldn't see anything doesn't mean there is not a problem, it only means that as far as imaging goes, they can't see anything... 


SusieBuddy  
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gma
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   Posted 10/28/2007 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
It is true that all lumps can not be seen on a mammo. It is true that during your monthly cycle there are times when your breasts seem more lumpy. It used to be when a doctor could feel a lump the first thing he would do is get a syringe and aspiriate the lump to see if it was a cyst or not. If no fluid they would then do a lumpectomy. They don't do that anymore. They have sonograms and other ways of telling what is there. AND it is true that caffeine has something to do with breasts and mammograms. It would be a good idea to really cut back before a mammo if you drink a lot. Try cutting back, keeping checking through exams for a little while and see if there is a change. Keep us posted. Hugs, MK


creed_three
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   Posted 11/3/2007 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ladies,
 
I am also a forum member and usually post to the prostate board for my husband who is recovering from prostate cancer...The members there are an outstanding source of support and information for us. Thanks for answering my question too about breast lumps and tests here..
 
First, good luck Susie with your sorting out your second lump. I have yearly mamos and sonos myself (now aged 47), as I have a fibroadenoma in one breast, which was benign after a large core biopsy in 2004.  I am now due again for another annual checkup,  and I found the comments here about coffee interesting.. Can you tell me if you know what it can do and why the recomendation to avoid it? Just interested to know how it can affect an assessment of the breast. Good luck with your follow-up of this one Susie.
 
So, Susie and gma,  is it just coffee or anything with caffeine? Also, how long would you recommend cutting down/or out before a mamo/sono/physical exam? Thanks for any suggestions or ideas you have about this. Just curious really and about to have these tests myself again and a little anxious as always..
 
Kind regards and best wishes to you all, Lana
 
Background: I have multiple calcifications in both breasts and a fibroadenoma in one breast. Fibroadenoma (B9) diagnosed at biposy in 2004 at age 44. Always have had lumpy breasts. Fibroadenoma not palpable, seen on the sono but not mamo (just the increased calcification of the area seen on mamo), and after annual mamos/sonos/physical exams, has remained unchanged for 3 years (fingers always crossed). I had a "large core" biopsy and they removed the greater part of it, so they told me, as said it was just forming or something.. thus images post biopsy are better than ones pre-biopsy so they said.. I hope it is all true!
Have included our signature, and hubby is doing well. Bye for now.

Creed_three (Lana & CJ)
 
Husband CJ aged 49 yrs. 
First PSA 3.5 (Nov 06). 1 x (5%) core of 12 positive at biopsy. 11 cores negative. Open Radical Prostatectomy with nerve sparing, on Tuesday 17th April 2007 (Sydney, Australia). Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7.  Cancer confined to prostate. Margins all clear, including bladder neck and seminal vessicles. 
1st PSA 0.01 - undetectable (June 07)
2nd PSA 0.02 - undetectable (Oct 07)
 


gma
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   Posted 11/3/2007 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lana! It is all caffeine that is supposed to make a difference in breasts. Why I don't know. I never knew anything about it until recently. I had a lump removed when I was 29 and another at age 49, both were B9. At 58 I was diagnosed as very early stage 0-1. The strange part about it was the third lump was in the same area as the second lump nine years before. I agree that post biopsy pathology is better, because they have more to work with. I hope someone else can tell you about the caffeine. Possibly you could Google caffeine and breast cancer and get some articles that explain? Hugs MK


creed_three
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   Posted 11/4/2007 2:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks gma.  I will certainly google the connection between the two and see what I can find out.. Thanks for the info...cheers Lana

Susiebuddy
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   Posted 11/9/2007 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, it's been about 2 weeks and the lump is still there, although it is a bit smaller so maybe it is just breast tissue. I'll have it re-checked in a few weeks as I'm in Montana now and won't be home for some time. Although if I do notice anything frightening, I'll check into having it looked at again up here. Just keeping you all updated :)

Thanks for being here :)
SusieBuddy  
Diagnosed with U/C January 31st, 2004, IBS on July 21st, 2006, Dr says possible Crohn's...We'll see..
 
Meds: Rowasa enema's - OK, finally got brave enough to start every other night.
         Canasa 1000mg. AM Only, - Bentyl 10mg. As needed, - Culturelle 1x a day 
         Nexium - 40mg, 1x per day, - Xanax .5mg as needed which is haldly ever, 
         Effexor 37.5mg. 
 
         www.myspace.com/77016897         

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