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I found a lump and had a mammogram and ultrasound, which were normal- but I still feel the lump and now I have pain under my arm when I raise my hand. My dr didn't seem too concerned, but I am. Cancer runs in my family. What should I do?

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Learning About Breast Cancer over 6 years
 
  • Becky G Profile
    anonimamente
    Stage 2A Paciente
    I suggest getting a new doctor and demanding an MRI. I found my lump during a monthly self exam. I went to my gynecologist and then was referred to get a mammogram. My lump showed up a lot better on an MRI, then I got a biopsy on the mass. It was 5 cm!!! It was there for a very long time before I even caught it. And, I don't have any family history...but, that doesn't seem to matter. I would keep pushing until you get some answers. It's sad but you do have to be your own health advocate. Do the research and find a doctor that will help you. You are worth it!!!
    over 6 years Comment Flag
  • Sue Harris Profile
    anonimamente
    Stage 0 Paciente
    I found a lump too. I had mammograms yearly. Popped up while doing a monthly exam. I agree ask for MRI. Good luck.
    over 6 years Flag
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonimamente
      Sobrevivente desde 2007

      I feel safe in sharing feelings and thoughts in this setting. I have always wanted to talk to my doctor about how my breast cancer was not seen on my regular mammogram, and follow-up ultra-sound. Then 7 months later, is when I found the lump....

      mais

      I feel safe in sharing feelings and thoughts in this setting. I have always wanted to talk to my doctor about how my breast cancer was not seen on my regular mammogram, and follow-up ultra-sound. Then 7 months later, is when I found the lump. When I brought it up, he just fluffed me off and told me "Not to go there."
      I have a mixture of anger and being totally mystified why this didn't show up even a little bit? I know Diana had a similar situation and now, so has Sue. I wish someone (a doctor, radiologist,) could give me an explanation. NOT to sue them for anything but just an explanation. We are told to get regular mammograms, and we did but when my cancer was discovered, it was over 2cm, stage 2B with a positive lymph node. We followed the rules.

      Any thoughts out there ladies?
      Thanks, Sharon

      over 6 years Flag
    • Sue Harris Profile
      anonimamente
      Stage 0 Paciente

      I totally agree. I am 67, never sick, & checked breast at monthly time & found the lump. Still in the duct. Clean lymph nodes. But....I fell & broke my left leg in 2 places on 11/22/11 & so this has been a journey. Started chemo, white count -4....

      mais

      I totally agree. I am 67, never sick, & checked breast at monthly time & found the lump. Still in the duct. Clean lymph nodes. But....I fell & broke my left leg in 2 places on 11/22/11 & so this has been a journey. Started chemo, white count -4. Got staph in leg. Miracle by Jesus & I did not lose the leg yet. Started chemo again, #4 out of 8. Bone actually aches at times. Chemo making the pain. Oco & ortho watching me very closely. Love this site

      over 6 years Flag
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonimamente
    Sobrevivente desde 2007
    If I were you, I would ask your doctor to order an MRI. Tell him you are still concerned and want to check this out further. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I was shocked to see how the tumor showed up like a light bulb on an MRI. Good luck to you and please keep us posted.
    over 6 years Comment Flag
  • Ali S Profile
    anonimamente
    Sobrevivente desde 2011
    Get a second opinion and definitely demand MRI. This isn't a hangnail we're talking about. If you anywhere close to Boston area, go to Dana Farber. They are top knotch
    over 6 years Comment Flag
  • Ali S Profile
    anonimamente
    Sobrevivente desde 2011
    Get a second opinion and definitely demand MRI. This isn't a hangnail we're talking about. If you anywhere close to Boston area, go to Dana Farber. They are top knotch
    over 6 years Comment Flag
  • Lisa M Profile
    anonimamente
    Sobrevivente desde 2011
    I had a lump that we were following with mammograms and ultrasound every six months, which they said was benign. Then between the 6 mos I felt more lumps but put it off until my next ultrasound- wish I would have went with my gut to get it checked sooner! The ultrasound tech was concerned and soon a biopsy followed, which showed they were all cancer :(. I had a bilateral mastectomy a month later where it was stage two with 2 lymph nodes involved. I would highly recommend getting it checked soon in case it is. Best of luck to you :)
    over 6 years Comment Flag

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