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If a suddenly-appearing lump doesn't grow, can it still be cancer?

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Old 12-09-2006, 10:15 AM   #1
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Question If a suddenly-appearing lump doesn't grow, can it still be cancer?

I discovered a hard, bony, immovable, painless lump on my sternoclavicular joint (where the medial end of the clavicle connects to the manubrium) about a month ago, and it hasn't grown at all. I've been logging its size every day since I discovered it a month ago. About a month and a half before I noticed the lump, there was a pain in the same spot, but there was no lump.

Something has caused a lump to suddenly appear there, but it's definitely not growing. It does not hurt and it does not cause any discomfort. I have no other symptoms other than the lump. An x-ray did not reveal anything, and I'm due to have a CT of it this Tuesday.

Could cancer suddenly form in the form of a bony lump within a month and a half and then just stop growing at all? I have a hard time believing that could be possible. My doctor said that sometimes some cancers go through growth spurts, but I still have a hard time believing that's what I could have.

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Old 12-11-2007, 05:34 AM   #2
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Re: If a suddenly-appearing lump doesn't grow, can it still be cancer?


Have you had any luck with this lump as i have the same symptoms.



Old 12-11-2007, 08:05 AM   #3
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Re: If a suddenly-appearing lump doesn't grow, can it still be cancer?

I had a soft-tissue sarcoma in my leg as a teen and it grew rapidly. I have other lumps and bumps (lipomas) and I can tell that they are fine because though they appear rather suddenly, they do not change much. Maybe a little more pronounced here and there, but my cancerous tumor grew about 6 times its origional size in 6months.

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