It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Cancer Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 05-04-2003, 08:02 AM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Australia
Posts: 3
Star1 HB User
Post Breat Cancer

Does anyone have any information on Breast Cancer. I have a lump in left breast and have visited my GP regarding this. He has said that "yes" he can feel a lump, but not to worry about it. The lump is quite painful and he said that this was a "good sign"???? Has anyone had breast cancer or know of someone who has and has received treatment for it? I would be most grateful to find out how they were diagnosed and what treatment they received. Many thanks.

------------------
Star
__________________
Star

 
Old 05-04-2003, 05:40 PM   #2
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: MA
Posts: 3,526
SamQKitty HB UserSamQKitty HB UserSamQKitty HB UserSamQKitty HB UserSamQKitty HB UserSamQKitty HB UserSamQKitty HB UserSamQKitty HB UserSamQKitty HB UserSamQKitty HB UserSamQKitty HB User
Post

Star,
RUN, don't walk, to the nearest mammography center and have a mammogram. If your doctor won't refer you to one, then get another doctor.

While it is indeed quite possible that this is benign, no doctor can tell that just through feel. ANY lump in the breast needs to be checked out. Also, it is absolutely not true that just because it hurts that means it isn't cancer.

Now, I haven't said this to scare you, but just to prompt you to action. It's quite possible this is just a cyst, but it should be checked out. And, if it is cancer, the sooner it's discovered, the better your prognosis is for a complete cure.

If the mammogram shows something suspicious, then they can either do a needle aspiration (they basically suck out some of the cells and send them to a pathologist for evaluation), or they can do a lumpectomy, or a surgical biopsy (they take out a small amount of tissue). Also, if the mammogram isn't very clear, they can try to evaluate it through ultrasound.

They may tell you to wait until after your next period to see if it goes away. That's okay as long as your periods are regular and you won't be waiting longer than a few weeks.

You didn't say how old you are, but if you're nearing 40, then you should be having a mammogram once a year.

It's YOUR body, so insist on absolutely the best care for it.

Ruth

[This message has been edited by SamQKitty (edited 05-04-2003).]

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 05-05-2003, 01:36 PM   #3
Senior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: USA, east coast
Posts: 158
Kalie HB User
Post

I echo, "RUN"!

Find a new doctor, get a mammogram and an ultrasound. After I found the lump in my breast I had 2 doctors turn me away b/c I was "too young" to have breast cancer. I was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer last summer -- I was 25 yrs old. I have completed treatment now and I am in full remission! If I hadn't insisted on further testing things would not have worked out so well for me.

I hope everything turns out ok for you.

 
Old 05-11-2003, 07:43 AM   #4
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: US
Posts: 1,467
monkey5 HB User
Post

To any of you, is it more likely to be cancerous if you have no pain, or pain?

Melissa
__________________
Live today like theres no tomorrow!
Monkey

 
Old 05-11-2003, 08:51 AM   #5
Inactive
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 278
reneeintx HB User
Post

I've had lumps before, some were painful and some weren't. I've had them either taken out by surgery or aspiration. I don't want any lumps there. Too risky in my opinion.

Renee

 
Old 05-11-2003, 07:47 PM   #6
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: MA
Posts: 3,526
SamQKitty HB UserSamQKitty HB UserSamQKitty HB UserSamQKitty HB UserSamQKitty HB UserSamQKitty HB UserSamQKitty HB UserSamQKitty HB UserSamQKitty HB UserSamQKitty HB UserSamQKitty HB User
Post

Melissa -
It is an old wive's tale that painful lumps are less likely to be cancerous. I'm not even sure how that myth came into being, but perhaps because a lump that resulted from an injury would usually be painful. However, I can tell you from experience that painful lumps can also be cancerous.

If it also looks like a huge black and blue mark at the site of the lump, then it could very well be a hematoma (basically, a bruise) from an injury. However, if you know you didn't hit yourself in that area, then even a "bruise-like" lump should be checked out.


 
Old 05-13-2003, 08:52 PM   #7
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: US
Posts: 1,467
monkey5 HB User
Post

Samkitty, thank you for the inspiration of not too worry too much! I have recently noticed a mass or lump off to the side of my armpit and i'm worried even so, but i have an appt with my regular dr. soon. My orthepedic surgeon said more than likely it was due to my recent shoulder injury that i had surgery on but one my shoulder has gotten quite a bit better and the lump has gotten bigger, and now i can feel something like a pea size thing in the middle. At first this was easy to deal with but when my husband agreed it had gotten bigger no need to wait to get it checked out. Also recenlty i have had surgery to remove non cancerous cells but i am still haveing symtoms of this and have to go back for a receck on it to make sure they got it all, this has been way to much stuff lately but trying to be positive! Also i was told by a friend it didnt seem to be on the muscle where it seems it would be if it was from my shoulder before hand and it would get smaller if that was the case also. Well, any insight you can give me on this would be appreciated!
Melissa
__________________
Live today like theres no tomorrow!
Monkey

 
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
mom died months ago and my dad is dying of cancer walkwife Death & Dying 3 04-22-2010 07:14 PM
breast cancer runs in family kerdi Cancer: Breast 4 10-27-2008 09:45 AM
Ovarian cancer... cupcake80 Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 2 06-25-2008 11:21 AM
Non Hodgkins and Breat Augmentation Marie Dianne Lymphomas 2 03-04-2007 09:42 PM
I have a question.... Windyblaze Cancer: Colon 16 10-02-2006 08:59 AM




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Join Our Newsletter

Stay healthy through tips curated by our health experts.

Whoops,

There was a problem adding your email Try again

Thank You

Your email has been added




Top 10 Drugs Discussed on this Board.
(Go to DrugTalk.com for complete list)
Aspirin
Ativan
Ibuprofen
Morphine
Potassium
  Synthroid
Tylenol
Vicodin
Xanax
Zofran







All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:10 PM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.com™
Copyright and Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!