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My doctor just found a lump. Now what?

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Learning About Breast Cancer about 8 years
  • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
    Survivor since 2003
    http://home.roadrunner.com/~amj/this is a link to my story of my personal experience with breast cancer. I take you from my initial diagnosis the biopsy surgery and reflection a year later. It's titled abnormal mammogram now what As your question states "my doctor found a lump what next" I had a similar question after my abnormal mammogram. I didn't know what to expect what next. Since your doctor found a lump he may order a diagnostic mammogram which is a mammogram with magnificated views taken at different angles for better evaluation he may order an ultrasound. An ultrasound can show if the lump is solid or fluid filled. A lump can be many things 80% of lumps are benign it could be a cyst or fibroadenoma (a benign growth). He may order an MRI if that is available in your health facility. After the mammograms and scans he may want to biopsy the lump. That maybe done Different ways. A fine needle biopsy they just us a open bore needle and aspirated the fluid or tissue from the lump. A incisional biopsy is done under local anesthesia and a portion or all of the lump is removed. Or a cone biopsy again under local or general anesthesia they remove a portion of the lump. I know this is probably all very overwhelming. Take one step at a time day by day. Ask questions take someone with you to your doctors visits. Two ears are better then one. We as patients sometimes are just so overwhelmed that we just shut down and can't talk so having someone with you knowing your concerns that can be your voice when you can't get the words out really really helps. Sending you positive vibes. Know that this is a great site with many supportive knowledgable wise women that can answer your questions and share their experience with you. Take care
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  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    Stage 4 Patient
    Finding a lump can be very scary. But there are so many non cancerous things it could be. Fibroadenomas are benign lumps, & there are fluid filled cysts. All lumps should be checked out ASAP though. You never want to take that chance. The only true way of knowing whether a lump is benign or malignant is having a biopsy. You should talk to your dr about this option. Best wishes.
    about 8 years Comment Flag
  • Kim Wallis Profile
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I was with 20 other women the day I went back to breast screen for my biopsy and the all had found lumps. Out of that 20 only 4 (including me) we found to be breast cancer. I was told that was an unusual high amount so they are the odds. I wish you all the best.
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    Survivor since 2007
    You will have a mammogram, and could have an ultrasound, biopsy, and possibly an MRI. These are some of the most common diagnostic tools. REMEMBER.... BOOBS ARE LUMPY! Most lumps turn out to be not cancerous!!!! We all know how scary this is but hang in there. Just remember, you have a whole bunch of us who are out here for support.
    about 8 years Comment Flag

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