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I had a mammogram last week that read normal, but I have a palpable lump in the 11 o'clock area in the outer quadrant. It's about the size of a grape, non movable, firm, and tender. I have a VERY strong family history of various cancers. What next?

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almost 6 years
 
  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    Hi Amy, while mammograms detect a good deal of lumps...there are too many that are missed. I was always very diligent in having my mammograms with ultrasounds as well. Due to micro calcifications found, I was having one every six months so they could "monitor" any changes. Five months after my last "clean" mammo....I found my lump. It was firm, my breast was swollen, itchy, and my nipple had inverted. I ended up having a biopsy and was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Cancer. After all my testing was completed I was told I was in stage 3C. My cancer should have been detected so much sooner. Like Sharon, it was missed. You're welcome to read my profile story. While most lumps end up being benign....you always want to get each lump tested thoroughly! I agree with asking for an MRI. Then additional testing if needed. We must be proactive with our health and make our doctors listen!! Hugs Amy & keep us posted.
    almost 6 years Flag
    • Jackie Ferrante Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Diana how is your prognosis today?. I have some questions for you if I may.

      about 1 year Flag
    • Christine McCorkle Profile
      anonimamente
      Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama

      She is no longer with us. passed more than 2 years ago.. found that info on this site.

      6 months Flag
  • Tiffani Warila Profile
    anónimo
    Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama
    Go back to your doc and ask for an ultrasound and/or MRI followed by a biopsy if needed and if they say no, go for a second opinion. If you are not satisfied with the answers you get don't stop till you are. It's your life! Best of luck, I wish you the best!
    almost 6 years Comment Flag
  • Erin Timlin Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    That location sounds like it could be a lymph node... Which may not be in the mammogram picture. I'd request an ultrasound for that location. If they see anything of concern they can then biopsy it. Good luck - keep advocating foe yourself!
    almost 6 years Comment Flag
  • nancy  wilcox Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I am to have a MRI soon because I continue to have odd sensations and aches in my right breast. I had 2 mammograms and an ultrasound and they said it was negative. I too have a lot of cancer in my family---these other women are spot on-- you need to take the first step and see your doctor right away. Hope all goes well for you.
    almost 6 years Comment Flag
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Hi Amy, usually the way it goes is another mammogram, an ultrasound, possible needle biopsy. The other diagnostic tool that really showed my breast cancer like a light bulb was an MRI. So many lumps and bumps are benign. WIth your family history, I commend you for being pro-active. Ask your doctor or the radiologist what this lump is. I can tell you my breast cancer felt like cauliflower under my skin. It was firm, lumpy, and had irregular edges. It was not sore although breast cancer can have some pain associated with it. Breast cancer is different for every woman.... no two breast cancers are the same. The other thing that I had as a symptom was an inverted nipple. My breast also itched. It turned out to be invasive ductal breast cancer 2.2cm with 1 positive lymph node. I was always very regular with my mammograms and also had an ultrasound 7 months before I found the lump myself. There was no evidence of my breast cancer in the mammograms and ultrasound. Breast cancer is sneaky. My doctor requested I have an MRI and the breast center said I did not warrant it. I feel if I would have had the MRI, it would have discovered my breast cancer 7 months earlier. I have very dense breast tissue and mammography always had difficulty gettng a clear picture. I am ok 5 years later.... but I wonder what IF....??? Be pro-active. I hope Diana another woman on this board can also tell you her story. Take care, Sharon
    almost 6 years Flag
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      Dear Ladies,

      Thank you for your insight and suggestions. I am very appreciative of those who have walked-the-walk. Continued good health to you all.

      almost 6 years Flag
  • Mary Foti Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2010
    Amy, I agree with all the other smart women who posted comments here - ask for a breast MRI. It is the best screening test for finding breast abnormalities. It is not normally used for routine screening unless you are BRCA . But if you have a palpable lump that is not showing up on a mammogram, your doctor will, at a minimum, recommend an ultrasound and hopefully an MRI. Those tests should give a better picture of the exact area of concern, but only a biopsy can determine if it is cancer. Best wishes to you and please keep us posted.
    almost 6 years Comment Flag
  • Elaine Mills Profile
    anónimo
    Stage 2B Paciente
    PLEASE go back and talk to your doctor and ask for an MRI or PET Scan if you are uneasy about the results! I have several cysts that we've watced for 3 or 4 years that are no problem, just there. Then I had a lump show up that was new/ I had a Mammogram and US that showed a cancerous lump, but during surgery, they kept testing the margins around the removed lump to make sure they got it all. They did. But it showed up a whole breast full of DCIS! That kind of cancer didn't show up on my Mammo OR US. Better safe than sorry! Better to check now than to wait til it shows up in your lymph system if it's there! Best wishes to you.
    almost 6 years Comment Flag
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    GET A SECOND OR EVEN A THIRD OPINION. HAVING A NEEDLE BIOPSY WOULD PUT YOUR MIND AT REST.
    almost 6 years Comment Flag
  • teri  fisher Profile
    anonimamente
    Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama
    I had a normal mammogram x 2in January. Then I had a biopsy around micro calcium , again normal . My doctor still felt something was not right and he ordered an MRI. It showed one malignant area that was incapsulated and another already invasive. The MRI and the strong instincts of the doctor saved me as per my surgeon. MRI s are the best for diagnosis especially for dense breasts.
    almost 6 years Comment Flag
  • Lori Ryder-Hood Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I am so grateful I found you strong ladies. For months I have had this odd, dull, aching sensation in the upper left side of my chest, right above my breast. 2 months ago I had a lymph node bulge out of my neck on the left side and never really put two and two together. Then about a month ago I was rubbing my chest where it ached and felt a lump. When I pressed on the lump, it made the side of my neck and under my arms ache. After seeing the physician last week, he confirmed he too felt the lump and swollen lymph nodes in my arm pit. They did a mammogram on Wednesday and said that everything was clear, no lumps, no nodes, no ultrasound needed. I asked them, how the heck can I have a lump there, that you can feel, the doctor can feel and I can feel and yet the mammogram says no lump? After reading these comments when I go back for the results of blood work, I will be advocating for an ultrasound and MRI if I have to pay myself!!!
    over 3 years Comment Flag
  • Sue Kane Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    hi betti sue here thank you I have one week to decide weather to have radiotherapy or not it is hard to make big decision like that is there any one else haven't to make the decision i am about to do let me know
    about 1 year Comment Flag
  • Jewelie Hicks Profile
    anonimamente
    Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama
    Go back. Have the 3D. It's so much better. I just went for reg mammogram appt and got the shocking news. Had biopsy, on Tuesday I'm having double mastectomy
    12 months Comment Flag
  • Jewelie Hicks Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Definitely ask to have the BRAC 1 & 2 testing. It's a special blood test. It will let u know if you have the gene for ovarian an Brest cancer. If u have biopsy have them do the HER-2 test also. This test will come back in pathology test like the results in the biopsy
    12 months Comment Flag
  • Darlene Spivey Profile
    anonymous
    stage_0 Patient
    Hi Ladies, Even though I have been a nurse for 34 years...that all changes when it is personal. I have no family history, but I do have very dense breast tissue. I had a 3D image for my routine screening this year. It showed that I had new microcalcifications in the right breast. Then I had a diagnostic right breast mammogram...it showed that I had a small loose cluster of microcalcifications. Then I had a stereo tactic biopsy, which confirmed that I have DCIS. I also was positive for the estrogen receptor. I saw my surgeon last week...I went into his office... determined that I was going to have a double mastectomy and reconstruction surgery at the same time. He advised me, that due to my cancer bring very early, that I would do fine with a lumpectomy and follow up with radiation? The nurse navigator also told me...that with my decision...it would be like cutting off my arm for a hang nail!!! Considering I had tons of questions for her, and I had a fibroadenoma removed from my left breast in 1994, and I had two different cyst aspirated from that same breast on two different occasions, as well. Then she calls me two days later and advices me that my case was discussed in the tumor conference the day before and that they are now wanting me to have a bilateral MRI of my breast...which I think that is great!!! Has anyone without a family history of breast cancer every had a double mastectomy for DCIS? Also due to the MRI results, I will have more clarity!!! I just think it is God's will that the MRI has been scheduled. I will keep you posted! Thanks in advance for any response!
    6 months Flag
    • Sandra Swightp Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi this is a very personal decision which you should make without others influence. you are lucky you caught it early. If you do the lumpectomy will you need radiation. That is no fun either. Some woman would rather have the mastectomy. Keep in...

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      Hi this is a very personal decision which you should make without others influence. you are lucky you caught it early. If you do the lumpectomy will you need radiation. That is no fun either. Some woman would rather have the mastectomy. Keep in mind that a mastectomy will reduce your chances of getting breast cancer again but you will still have the breast wall and muscles so a mastectomy isn't the cure all.
      To make the right decisions, you should get educated know what type of breast cancer was dcis. I highly recommend Susan Love breast book there is a lot of good information. Also seek 2nd or 3rd breast and oncologist opinions.

      5 months Flag

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