I am trying to put the dots together and not getting very far. I have been on a medication (Imuran)for 2 years for an autoimmune disorder. The other day while dressing I noticed a lump near my armpit. I will get this checked if this persists, but I am wondering about side effects from medication.
If nothing else I owe it to my friend that died of breast cancer, and to my friend that is three years post diagnosis and doing great.
Thank you in advance for any responses
Last edited by Administrator; 05-26-2012 at 12:15 AM.
The reason no one responded could possibly because people don't know what the side effects of this particuler drug are. The best thing to do is follow through with your plan to have this lump checked. It doesn't matter if the lump is because of some side effect, the lump needs to be checked. Because you have an auto-immune problem, it just could be a lymph node reaction to.... something. Get it checked as soon as you can.... at least for your own peace of mind. Take care, Sharon
Glad you checked in with your doctor and it is totally normal to be referred for a mammogram. Now don't get upset it they also ask for an ultrasound...again, an understandable referral. Most of these things turn out to be nothing. I had breast cancer 5 years ago and am doing great. I also had a friend who died of breast cancer about 5 years ago. She had not had regular mammograms and sadly she was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of breast cancer which had progressed to a stage 4. She also refused any further treatment after the mastectomy but even at that managed to live 5 more years. I think she would have still been alive if she would have followed through with treatment. I miss her to this day... Your friend would be very happy you are checking up on this lump but keep in mind, most of these are benign. Take care...
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Thanks for your reply. I understand that most of these lumps turn out to be nothing. Within my small social circle of lady friends 3 have been diagnosed with breast cancer, 1 is 3 years out, and sadly 2 have died. Both within 5 years of diagnoses.
My Dr. did his exam and said you're having a mammogram. It's been three years since my last one. Now to just get the call. Not good at waiting.