My Sister has a harmatoma?

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   Posted 8/16/2006 7:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi to all,
My Sister has a harmatoma in one of her breasts which is benign i would like some info as to weather she will need the lump removed or will it just be left alone as its not malignant at all.
Dose anyone have an idea at all.
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   Posted 8/17/2006 5:06 AM (GMT -7)   


I was not familiar with the term harmartoma so I looked it up.  This type of benign tumor is also known as a "fibroadenolipoma".  (My type of rare b/c is closely related to a fibroadenolipoma.  I had a connective tissue cancer in a Phyllodes tumor.)

Treatment is different with everyone with size of the tumor usually determining removal.  The fibroadenolipoma is fatty tissue and misplaced tissue.  It is a condition that usually effects 35-45 year olds.  Your sister needs to do as much research as she can and ask the doctor lots of questions.  The doctor should be able to discuss treatment options with her.

You are being a good sister supporting her as you are.
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

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   Posted 8/17/2006 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Once again I have learned something new. Thanks Candy for helping out and researching this information.

As far as whether it should be removed or left alone, my inclination would be to have it removed. Why leave something there that does not belong? Is there any chance it could have cellular changes? I sure don't know, but if I had a lump I could feel I know I would feel it constantly to see if there was any change. Kind of like having a broken tooth and having your tongue constantly rubbing against it. Biopsies are not difficult surgery at all, she would be relieved to have a pathology report telling her that it is benign and she would not have to feel that lump. Hugs MK

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