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What is going on with my Mommy? Cyst or cancer?

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Old 05-28-2011, 11:18 PM   #1
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What is going on with my Mommy? Cyst or cancer?

Hey... so, like, maybe like in March or April or February... I can't remember... my Mom had this hard lump checked out... had a mammogram, the needle thing where they test the lump or whatever and biopsy, everything, and everything turned out normal... they said it was just some cyst or whatever and that she was just really cysty, which is understandable.. But since she had the needle thing and stuff, like, it's been like 3 months or 4, not sure.. now the lump has grown a lot.. and they were concerned as to why it had.. they knew it wasn't cancerous but they were curious what the lump was and why it grew.. sooooo they had it tested again after she went to them about it and they said again its just a huge cyst for sure.. and she had the surgery thingy where they decide what theyre gonna do and when on Friday and they decided theyre gonna remove it in 2 weeks. They said it isn't cancerous but I'm still worried.. they said they wanna test it more after they take it out.. what does this meeeaannn?? Is it something where they cannot see for sure if its cancerous or not until they take it out in surgery and test the lump?? I know they can see with other tests they did and it turned out just a cyst but like... can it be like the tests can turn out normal but then they test the lump like take a sample and then it turns out its cancer even though allllll the biopsys and mammograms said it was just a cyst?? And even with them taking a sample of the lump before and it turning out to be just a cyst like 3 months ago? Why has it grown?? Could it be what she eats?? Like caffeine?? Has this ever happened to anyone??? I'm like uuugh *** I am sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo worried! Btw sorry if I'm not saying the proper medical terminology for everything.. I'm only 16 soooo I don't know everything sooo well... Please help me

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Old 05-29-2011, 09:08 AM   #2
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Re: What is going on with my Mommy? Cyst or cancer?

If they did a biopsy, it's not cancer. In fact, almost 90% of breast growths that are biopsied are not cancer!

Cancer is when an abnormal growth forms in a crab shape AND releases abnormal cells into the bloodstream. These abnormal cells can settle in and form cancer in other areas of the body (metastasizing). The ability to metastasize is what makes breast cancer dangerous.

This is just a cyst. It's growing, and it may soon cause problems, so they're going to remove it, but it's not releasing dangerous cells that could cause problems elsewhere in her body, so she won't have to take chemo or anything.

Old 05-29-2011, 03:04 PM   #3
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Re: What is going on with my Mommy? Cyst or cancer?

A needle aspiration biopsy is usually pretty accurate, but sometimes it can miss the cancer (although rare). The doctors are more than likely just being cautious. And as stated above,since it keeps growing, it is best to get it out. On the bright side, the fact that the needle biopsy was okay, IF it is cancer, your mom has hopefully caught it early, which makes it way more curable. I had an excision (surgical) biopsy done on my breast 3 years ago because my cyst looked like cancer on mammogram and ultrasound. It came back fine with no cancer. It is probably just a precaution.

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