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Can you have a lump and it not look like cancer in the ultra sound?

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Learning About Breast Cancer over 7 years
 
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    The short answer is yes, you can have a lump might look like (and be) a fluid filled cyst on an ultrasound. Or a lump might have all sorts of appearances on an ultrasound. Are you asking if mistakes can be made and a cancerous lump might be mistaken for something benign? There are no absolute's when it comes to diagnostics. It is up to the eyes and experience of the radiologist/tech to differentiate between the make up of lumps. If there is the slightest bit of doubt, I would request further testing like a biopsy or an MRI. When dealing with your own health, you have to become your own best advocate. When in doubt... get a second opinion. Take care, Sharon PS... my cancer was not found on a mammogram and was missed until I felt a lump 7 months later.
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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I know that mammos and ultrasounds aren't perfect, so the general answer to your questions is yes.
      I felt a lump and it wasn't found on a mammogram. I insisted that they do additional testing because I felt deep down that it was cancer.
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      I know that mammos and ultrasounds aren't perfect, so the general answer to your questions is yes.
      I felt a lump and it wasn't found on a mammogram. I insisted that they do additional testing because I felt deep down that it was cancer.
      Like Sharon says, be your own advocate. Push, if you have to. My first career was nursing, and I later practiced law for 20 years. I've seen and tended to many cancer patients. If I learned anything, it's that you have to speak up. it's not disrespectful to ask questions or be persistent.
      Good luck to you!

      over 7 years Flag
    • Sarah  Burkholder Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have had a lump for to my knowledge two months. I have had two ultrasounds and all they say is the tissue looks dense. He didnt call it anything else. Im going for a mammogram on monday and also getting a biopsy. I just dont have a good feeling...

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      I have had a lump for to my knowledge two months. I have had two ultrasounds and all they say is the tissue looks dense. He didnt call it anything else. Im going for a mammogram on monday and also getting a biopsy. I just dont have a good feeling in my gut about. I havent from the beginning. My mom and my grandma had breast cancer. Im just scared cuz i dont think its a good thing. The doctor said it wouldnt go away, so that concerns me.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Sarah,
      I am glad you are having some further investigation on this lump. A biopsy will clear up the mystery. SInce you have a family history of breast cancer, it is very wise to see what this is. Having a family history does not mean you are...

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      Sarah,
      I am glad you are having some further investigation on this lump. A biopsy will clear up the mystery. SInce you have a family history of breast cancer, it is very wise to see what this is. Having a family history does not mean you are automatically destined to have it too. I had no family history of breast cancer on either side and discovered I had it 5 years ago. So many of these lumps and bumps turn out to be nothing. It is very important to be vigilant just as you are doing. The most important thing is early detection IF you should happen to find you have breast cancer. Please keep us posted. You are doing all you can to take care of yourself. Please try to set this worry aside for the weekend. Your appointment is Monday and you won't have to wait too long. Hang in there, Sarah. Take care, Sharon

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    • vicki e Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Mine did not show up on mammogram either. Glad I don't have anything left to mammogram because i don't fully have confidence in them. You are right about us having to be our own advocates.

      over 7 years Flag
    • Sarah  Burkholder Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you so much ladies. I appreciate your heart and concern for me.

      over 7 years Flag
  • Christin Waleski-Kirby Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    My cancer was not found w a mammy but with ultrasound but my lymph node cancer was found on the MRI... So sometimes yes.
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  • julie s Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    Get a biopsy... The path report is the only conclusive determination. Let us know how it turns out.
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • Melissa Propp Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    That was exactly what happened to me. I felt the lump the ultra sound tech found the lump and so did the mammogram tech so the radiologist suggested biopsy which came back 90% of the 14 samples where cancer. But nothing showed up on the ultra sound or the mammogram as being abnormal. I then had an MRI which showed my entire right breast had cancer cells all over it. Just finished my last chemo yesterday. Very excited about that. Ready to move on with the next step. Good luck to you. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.
    over 7 years Comment Flag

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